Non-Campanula Mystery Solved

June 23, 2008

Just when you think you’ve got everything figured out your garden (or in this case your 3 year old child) is right there to set you straight. In my winter sowing post I had mentioned that the Campanula medium seeds seemed to produce a plant that did not look like Canterbury Bells. Well, it turns out that the C. medium seeds shared a tray with the Apple Blossom Candytuft (Iberis umbellata) and when I made my map of which seeds were sown where I switched the two sides. I probably would never have figured this out if it hadn’t been for my son who saw the flowers and said ‘Hey dad, look at that Candytuft’ (his favorite flower so far this year has been the evergreen perennial Candytuft). I did a double-take and then realized within a few nanoseconds that he was totally right. So here it is in its full glory, Iberis umbellata ‘Apple Blossom’.

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