We had several very nice days in a row. Temperatures in the 70's and mostly sunny skies, that really made me happy. Yesterday while reading Grace's blog and looking at her new blooms I spied something pink out the front window. Of course being excited to see what it was I walked across hot crushed gravel in my bare feet with my camera. I guess I'm just toughening them up for summer? Anyway, the pink was not only one rose bloom, but many! How did I not notice them the day before?
Here are a few of the new blooms I found while tip toeing across the gravel:
Can you see all the spots of pink? There are lots of buds to open still too.
A close up of 'Gertrude Jekyll'. If I remember right she was the first to bloom last year too.
Rose 'Kimberlina' is right next to Gertrude. I highly recommend this rose. It has a very light scent, but gets loaded with flowers all summer and is very disease resistant.
Another Lupine started from seed last year. Last evening I found the Littlest Gardener rummaging through the book shelf in her room searching for a book. She told me they read a book in preschool that day and she thought we had it. "It's about the Lupine Lady" she said. I had no idea what she was talking about, but sure enough we found it on her bookshelf. My Mom had given it to her and I guess we forgot about it. The book is called Miss Rumphius. I'm just sorry I hadn't read it sooner, what a wonderful book with a great message. Here's a link to it. Even though it's a children's book I think adults would appreciate the message and artwork in it.
Red Valerian - the only one to survive the winter.
A new Clematis blooming on the picket fence. I will find the tag and post a better picture of it soon. It's very unusual - dark red with purple bars.
This might have been the most exciting thing of all. I found blooms on two of my eggplant plants. I've never gotten an eggplant because they usually don't flower until too late in the summer. Fingers crossed we'll actually get some this summer. Edited to add this is 'Millionaire Hybrid' an extra early hybrid.
Yesterday while the sun was out I decided to dig up the entry bed, and got about half way finished. It's a tricky bed since it's got mostly shade except for one section that gets full sun. Finding just the right combination of plants has been hard. I'll share pictures as it progresses.
Today we are back to cloudy and cool, the good side was some housework was accomplished!