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.

Supporting Actors

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.

Rosebud Estates