There are many delightful examples of buds bursting open like this Allium atropurpureum, or heaving and straining to get out like these other alliums, christophii and nectaroscordum , the latter with an emerging leafy background of thalictrum (probably aquilegifolium).
I am well-pleased with these promising buds, of which there are several – Aquilegia ‘ Green Apples’, grown from seed last year. Seeing a picture on the front of the packet and seeing the real thing are very different so my anticipation is mounting!
Equally exciting is the recent discovery of the bud (only one) below left on what I think is a white ranunculus, although I have never successfully achieved a flower on a ranunculus and it must at least a couple of years since I last tried, so this corm has been sitting around twiddling its thumbs at least since then. Below right is another beautifully hairy bud, this time herbaceous Papaver ‘Victoria Louise’ who was not in flower till the end of May last year but will soon be resplendent in salmon pink frills after a few more days of sunshine.
The number of buds on the rhododendrons in the woodland edge border is a surprise follow-on from last year’s hot and dry summer – the one below right is R yakushimanum Vintage Rose’ – whilst in the blue and white border the punk hairstyle of Centaurea montana will soon be swapped for the blue Afro of the fully-open flowers. This centaurea has clumped up almost too happily and will need to be reduced as other additions to the borders mature, but will have more than earned its keep in the meantime.
I wonder what will be bursting out tomorrow….?