Along with the Roses, I've been growing a small Hibiscus garden that has offered the most potent magic. Double and single-flowering, the Hibiscus have been utterly hypnotizing. The sheer size of these blooms is immediately striking, my largest being nearly ten inches, followed by an array of hues and detail on each petal. They're the type of flower for whom you find yourself wondering, "How are you real? How did you get here?"
I'm growing a family of Passion Flowers again this year, and just yesterday, I spotted the first little bud! Anticipation for these glorious, exotic blooms is running high, to say the least. My Rudbeckia, Zinnia, Cosmos, Calendula and Foxglove have all started to bloom, while my Sunflower is growing taller and taller as the days go on. The Foxglove have been so inspiring this year, with gorgeous shapes and a gradient that makes my heart swoon amid its nuance. The Zinnia, Rudbeckia and Calendula are coming in with ancient hues reminiscent of a vintage color palette, bringing delightful touches of warmth to my arrangements. I am forever in awe of the garden, of watching seed and soil turn to sprout and bloom.