Have I ever told you how much I love balloon flowers? Oh, I just love their whimsy, their little airtight buds that suddenly pop open into a cheery flower. And now I’ve found balloon flowers with double flowers. See how the outer bud as opened but the inner bud is still sealed? Oh, I just love it.
My hollyhocks were gorgeous this year. Until the Japanese beetles arrived. Heavens, they’ve demolished the buds and blooms. I dig dozens out every night but more keep coming to chew my poor hollyhocks ragged.
I’ve never been one to get very excited about day lilies but these have really caught my eye this year. A friend’s mom gave them to me several years ago and I just adore the gentle color gradients and the strap-like twisty petals.
I do love a garden in bloom.