Thursday, May 30, 2019
Blooming Today in the Mid-Atlantic - Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
Sweet William catchfly (Silene armeria) is particularly splendid in our gardens right now as we experience early summer weather. This very showy, self-seeding annual has bluish-green leaves and bright pink to purplish-pink flowers. It was established in American gardens by the 1820s and offered in the 1804 broadside by Philadelphia nurseryman Bernard McMahon (one of Thomas Jefferson’s gardening mentors).