I am away this week, taking a wonderful class in San Antonio, and while I'm learning a tremendous amount, having a great time, and eating my weight in the wonderful local cuisine, I'm missing some grand openings in my garden. Before I left, I snapped the above pic of one clump of my peonies, all set to open.
My white rose campion (lychnis coronaria alba), a gift from my friend Caroline, is also sending up big fat buds.
When I was growing up, my Mom's flower beds were full of Rose Campion, and I had not seen the alba variety until I moved here. I like them both, but only have the alba now.
One of my many rose buds, all set to bust out of its reddish-green jacket
the banana/coffee ground tea that I have been feeding these guys has really made a difference!
the first of my white irises is also ready to unfirl its flag
and my baptisia is going nuts!
last year, I cut them all back and dead headed them after they bloomed, as I decided I was no longer fond of their unusual seed pod. I have noticed that they seem to have spread all over the garden this year. I may have to take drastic action and reign them in!
and last but by all means not least, my foxgloves:
I must say that they are one of my favorites, and when I travel to areas where they grow wild along the roadside, as in Oregon, I am green with envy!
I hope that some of these grand openings will wait for my return, but if not, there's always next year!