Seems strange to say that but I've been so busy lately I haven't had much time to actually work in the garden. Ten minutes here or there with the camera and I have to go in. This morning I was up early, the soil was moist from our rain last night and I was energized. The perfect recipe for accomplishing garden tasks. I have been meaning to cut the oriental poppies back (they have long since been done blooming) and fill the void around them with the 'Antiquity' Cosmos seedlings I started in April. Check that off the list.
The poor seedlings were about a foot high, blooming & desperate to get in some actual soil. I'm so glad I could finally accommodate them. While I was out there, I found the most wonderful surprise. The poppies heads (about to open):
that I thought were all pink peony poppies, were NOT! Look what greeted me:
A 'Lauren's Grape' carnation poppy (papaver somninifera), named after Lauren Springer Ogden for those of you acquainted with her. I have no idea if this poppy is available worldwide or only regionally?? I know our local greenhouse grows and sells it annually. I bought a few last year and obviously, it reseeded. Hooray for happy moments like these. Another surprise that might make you pause is:
Yes, a Hellebore bloom! Crazy, huh? I added a few to my garden earlier this year (after seeing so many gorgeous ones on your blogs) and I guess it likes where I planted it because I never expected a bloom this year. This one is 'Red Lady' but the bloom is anything but red. I hope it wasn't mismarked although I'm sure it will be beautiful no matter the color. I would say my day is off to a good start! I hope yours is too.