Look what is coming up near my garden gnomes....Jack in the Pulpit. The gnomes are from Germany, our neighbors there threw them out in the trash. There was a rule when you packed up to return to the states that required a very thorough cleaning of outdoor items. Every trace of dirt from every crevice had to be removed. Cars engines even had to be power-washed to remove dirt. This was to safeguard the US from possible contamination from organic material that might proliferate and harm our native flora/fauna. Needless to say it was a pain in the extreme to clean things so well. Our neighbors, upon inspection, didn't have time to clean these well enough, so they had to leave them behind--for lucky me.
Now, to keep things real around here. Yesterday I posted a picture of a BEAUTIFUL foxglove that is blooming in our front bed. Well.....it came from Walmt. already in bloom, so it is a cheat on the season. Foxglove are not in bloom here yet. This is what most of the front bed looks like---plain dirt. :-)
And yet, there is a very pretty rhody in bloom nearby. Pretty in pink!!