Look at the complex mix of pinks and purples and creams in this hydrangea bud. Wouldn't you like to know what emerges when this opens up?
I wouldn't know. The deer get here before the buds open and decapitate the shrub. The whole thing.
Would you know where in my garden to find this delightful pea-like flower? Isn't that a classy combination of rich magenta and white?
But from a distance you wouldn't know what these flowers really look like. They are so tiny, covering the shrub profusely in September, but the magenta and white flowers are invisible. The shrub has its charms, arching and waving in the breeze rather beautifully, but the blooms are itty bitty and washed out. I just don't know what the flowers look like until I get up very close.
But not in my garden. The deer here are too busy with my hydrangeas to bother with the bush clover. I guess I should be thankful for that.
And here is a little surprise: a delicate autumn crocus has popped up under a caryopteris shrub.
Cyndy from Gardening Asylum dug some from her old garden before she moved her whole asylum south this summer, and I stuck them in the ground in my garden. Talk about wondering what it looks like! Autumn crocus disappears all summer. There is no foliage, nothing to let you know you planted anything. Then, just when you are wondering if it's there and what it might ever look like, it pops up as sweet as can be.