It’s been raining here since yesterday evening about 10 minutes after I got the last of the new plants in the ground. Perfect timing! Between rain showers I dashed in and out of the garden to see how things were going. It was an interesting day with the skies dark & gloomy for awhile and then the sun would come out. One of my Peonies was a tight bud this morning only to begin unfurling late this afternoon during one of the calms in the storm. This plant dates back to the early days of my 12 year old garden. If it had a name it is long since forgotten, but the blooms are beloved regardless. The flower heads can get quite large and it has no scent that I’ve noticed. I love the way the rain glistens on the petals, so pretty. And thankfully it’s not a hard beating rain that would destroy the blossoms.
Since there wasn’t anything to do in the garden due to the weather I took a trip to Walmart with Grandma. She was looking for some bedding plants to tuck into her garden bed. Normally I don’t shop for plants there since they don’t always look that great, but today I lucked out and found some nice things. Last year I kicked myself for passing up the Coleus so I didn’t repeat that mistake again. And if you click on the photo to enlarge it you will see the pretty snazzy looking tags with color photos of the plant. Talk about not having to worry about mislabeling. These are the nicest looking labels I’ve seen in sometime. All of these are annuals in my garden except for the Hosta. It’s name comes from the deep burgundy stems that I found striking against the dark green leaves. Grandma picked out her Mother’s Day present which was a miniature rose bush in her favorite color pink. I’ll post a picture of that soon. I’m grateful for the rain because that means no watering, hooray for that. 🙂