I was once subtly criticized for using too many close-ups on my blog. I suppose it's a fair criticism (I like to see the big picture too), but the truth is I get the most pleasure from my garden in the random glimpse. It's hard to share that in a long shot.
Cold today! I don't think it'll get any warmer than it is right now at 1 o'clock--55 deg F. I took advantage of the cold to plant out some German chamomile seedlings I started two months ago in a 4" pot (Matricaria recutita). I'm not sure what to expect from them this year. Or even if they'll make it to next year.
I grew the Lilium pardilinum in the first picture from seed. That's the only plant I kept from a flat I sowed in 2006. That's its first flower.
I'm thinking about buying another yellow-black-pink cordyline at my neighborhood nursery for half-off. It would go in another pot at the bottom of the stairs where the two of them would function like a gate. It would be funny/"wrong" to do that, but I would enjoy it.
I used the wacky, twisty iron stakes to make the leeks upright. It's funny (sad) how long it took me to figure that out. The leaning leeks were a problem. The underutilized wacky, twisty iron stakes stuck in the ground two feet away were another problem. It took me a few weeks to figure it out.
My neighbor's pink Lavatera's two houses down began to bloom a couple weeks ago. I don't recall having seen it before... It's the best "borrowed view" my garden has ever had.