20 days ago I first noticed a flower bud forming on our largest plant and last week the bud was looking beautiful but was still green (no pink or purple color). Finally, yesterday I noticed the first full bloom and this morning snapped this photo of it. I seem to recall that last year the plant had darker flowers. Not sure if that means this is a seedling from the original plant or if our soil needs to be amended (probably the latter) but I'm just happy to finally have a flower on it. If you're curious about what echinacea seedlings look like here are some photos of some I transplanted in April.
Speaking of coolness, in our shady side garden this ghost fern, aka Japanese painted fern brightens up the shade in a violet saturated section of the flower bed. We used to have some astilbe back here but I see no signs of them this year.
Do you change your gardening habits as the weather heats up? What's blooming in your area today?
May God bless you with the beauty of His creation!