Despite the many negatives of the “isolation period” the positive is that for the first time ever, I am here to see each and every “first bloom” of the season! Usually I’m traveling, attending conferences, speaking at symposiums, going on Garden Writers’ trips and events, Herb Society of America conferences or just visiting our far-flung families. So I was here to see the very first sunflower of the season open today. It was a busy day, because the first sweet peas opened as well.
Often, I return to find blooms fading but this year I witnessed the first of the blue alliums to open.
This wasn’t the first daylily of the season to open, but it’s the first “Picket Fences” bloom, over 10″ across and one of my favorites, even though it does lean toward pinkish maroon.
Just as the “May Queen” shastas are finishing, the “Snow Lady” comes to take their place.
There are such wide variations with Rudbeckia “Chim Chimnee” but I love them all. This is the first one to bloom this year (it’s second year) with its very narrow petals in a rusty, coppery color. The yellows and all the combinations will be opening very soon.
So, that’s the six flowers that opened today. It’s mid-June, and the roster grows by leaps and bounds daily, and I’m actually here to witness it!!! If you’d like to see more Six on Saturdays, visit The Propagator, the host of this meme.