Remember when I bought this perennial last fall on clearance? It has to be amazingly hardy because I (foolishly) never got around to planting it and it survived the winter (in its container) despite my careless actions.
This spring more buds appeared than I expected (or deserved after treating it so abominably):
About five all together. All of them shriveled up with the exception of the one pictured above. Very slowly, it began to unfurl:
Am I ever happy I didn't lose it. It's the first tree peony bloom to grace any of my gardens ~ a long time overdue, wouldn't you say?!
I hope it's not the last. I certainly don't expect it to be ~ it's safely planted now and appears to be happy in its new location.
Planted in the same bed, which you can imagine pulls me like a magnet, is this GORGEOUS double pink variety of Columbine (Aquilegia):
This one is compliments of Catherine, who so generously shared seeds with me last year. I think I broke one of the commandments (thou shalt not covet) when I saw it pictured on her blog. It was definitely instantaneous lust, no other way around it. It looked then, and even more now, like an old fashioned Granny's bonnet variety??? I cannot thank you enough Catherine ~ I'm beyond thrilled to have it blooming in my garden where I can look at it to my hearts content. :-)
In a different bed, another columbine is beginning to open that confuses me. I thought these were 'Black Barlow' seeds that I started last summer but now it sure doesn't look like it:
I might be happier that it's not? I'm learning I prefer the "pleated" look versus the "frilly" look of the 'Barlows.' There are other buds waiting to open so it will be interesting to see if they're the same when they bloom.
We're still "enjoying" rainy cool weather these first two days of the Memorial Day holiday. Tomorrow is supposed to start a sunnier, warmer, drying trend. Now there's something else to get excited about!