This foxglove made it through the cold winter and returned from the dead. It always seems a miracle to me that flowers can actually survive the winter (even though they are “perennials” and are supposed to). When I survey the dried and dead remains early each spring, I always expect the worst. However, usually the flowers amaze me with their resilience, such as this foxglove, one of three I planted last summer. Two are in flower, and one is almost there.
This is a Flax flower. It was one of this year’s impulse purchases at the nursery because I thought the little blue flowers were so pretty. At this point, my garden is one giant experiment, so we’ll see how it does!
I have always loved California Poppies. They are so lovely, yet so tough. In my last house I had them wild in the front yard. Here, I decided to plant many of them in a dry front flower bed. This is a first bloom.
Finally: news of a photography contest! David Austin Roses is hosting a Garden Rose Photography Competition. Submit a photo, either a close-up, or a whole plant or garden picture, and possibly win a $100 or $150 David Austin gift certificate. The rose must be a David Austin English rose (which you might have without even realizing it – check their website to see the varieties). Photos will be judged on beauty and originality. Deadline is September 30th so you have all summer to find that perfect rose. Good luck!
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