Flowers in the garden are really starting to pop now, especially with all the warm weather we've had lately.
My Centaurea montana (aka Mountan Bluet) is just finishing up her first round of blooming. I'm going to cut her back hard this year and see if she'll put on a second show in a few more weeks.
I grew her from seed many years ago and it always puts a smile on my face when I see her happy blooms.
Another seed-grown favourite of mine is Lupine. The seeds came from a gardening friend in Nova Scotia. I think she would be happy to see how well her offspring were doing in my garden!
Although the blooms are short-lived for me (2 to 3 weeks, at most) I enjoy them all the same. And the foliage is a nice contrast to that of neighboring hosta and iris.
I think people forget how beautiful and decorative herbs can be. This is just your standard, common Allium (chives). The purple flowers last a few weeks and are a favourite of bees and other pollinators in the garden.
And when gone, you still have a delicious, edible plant. I enjoy walking outside and snipping off bits here and there to add to our dinner almost daily. And come fall, I dry a lot for cold-weather cooking. It's so much cheaper than store-bought!
Instead of the three stripes the sketch called for, I used three waves. The back-most wave is adhered right to the card base. The next wave is ahered over the first; and the final wave is mounted on dimensionals.
The little fish was double-mounted on dimensionals so he would sit over the waves.