As soon as we shut the gate behind us, the soft lavender blooms of irises catch our attention. Right before the irises, against the stone wall we see a patch of cup plants Silphium perfoliatum the plants are already close to three feet tall. They will be seven or eight feet high by the time they bloom with a profusion of yellow sunflowers, each three-four inches across. Notice in the back, near the arbor gate how the white peonies shine. How could a moth or other night creature resist?
Lets go a bit further. Behind the log blacksmith shop are some delicate white irises backed by an airy blue flower whose name I don not know. I have been told that it was a bottle brush flower, but it doesn't look like any pictures in the books or online. The unopened iris buds look like paintbrushes dipped in thick white paint.