Baptisia, aka false indigo. The flowers open from the bottom to the top of the stem. Also comes in yellow. Available for a week or two in early May.
When you buy local flowers, you have a choice of much more than typical florist or supermarket flowers. Some of these flowers may be unfamiliar, and some star for only a brief time during the season. But without these character actors, your bouquet will not shine.
Crocosmia Hot red-orange tubular flowers in sprays. Avaialable July.
Allium aka flowering onion. Although it's an onion, the flowers smell like honey! Leave it to dry in the vase and you'll get a little universe of shooting stars. Comes in a range from light to deep purple, white, and pink. Available from late April to mid- May.