when it's in your face really shows your age." Oh wait, that's me I'm referring to, not the images from the garden. Sorry. None of these fresh face bloomers have any age on them yet! Rod Stewart would probably never in a million years believe his song could be adapted to the garden ~ I'd bet serious money on that! Now that you're paying attention tho, I'll share my latest discoveries with you, captured in the morning sun (as eluded to in the post title). First, one of my all-time favorite Columbines, Aquilegia Chrysantha:
Also known as 'Golden Spur' Columbine, so appropriate considering the extension of their graceful spurs easily seen in the photo below:
As much as I like the Barlows, the Ballerinas and the Double Pleats, Chrysantha is much more of a necessity. Ive had at least one plant in various gardens for almost two decades now. Another happy discovery was the bloom stalk on Verbascum 'Pink Petticoats:'
It started out in my "Tropicanna" container last summer then got moved to the garden after getting crowded out. The blooms are a delicious peachy pink color. Equally important, and not to be overlooked, is the wonderful texture and form verbascums add to the garden. They are another sensory plant which you can never have enough of ~ notice that gorgeous felty foliage. Exciting for me, maybe not so much for you, are the water lily leaves that have broken the surface in the pond!
It didn't take nearly as long as I imagined for that to happen. Does that mean flowers aren't that far behind?? I can only hope. Look who was resting among one of the floaters:
That's the best face of the morning, right? and ageless to boot. Sure woke me up and started my day with a smile. :-)