The longer I garden, the more I enjoy the subtleties of plants in all their stages of growth. Flowering, however beautiful, is no longer the main event in my eyes. The beauty of emerging leaves and buds also merits interest, and right now in my garden, buds are opening everywhere.
A word about Mrs. Cholmondeley. This clematis dates from 1873, and is pronounced “Mrs. Chumley.” I happened across this in my research, and am glad that I have saved us all from the embarrassment of pronouncing it with four syllables. There is a bit of a mystery to me about her color. The tag shows a purple-raspberry flower. The flowers in my garden are a dusty purple blue. On the Internet, she is blue. If only she could speak!
The beauty of some clematis buds, showing nature’s exquisite care in packaging the petals.
Dame’s Rocket (Hesperis matronalis) is getting ready to open. A weed, but a beautiful one.