Your first job is to prepare the soil.
The best tool for this is your neighbor’s garden tiller.
If your neighbor does not own a garden tiller, suggest that he buy one.
~ Dave Barry
It never fails that I’ll discover a bloom that I had forgotten was planted and/or the name of it. I found this lilac colored beauty after a torrential downpour. Perhaps I hadn’t been watering it enough. I’m always entertained when watching a gardening show, in which the host of the program is visiting a guest gardener and following her around the showcased botanical wonders. The lady of the estate is pointing to her works of art and says with ease, this lovely shrub is the Buxus Sempervirens ‘Marginata’, also known as the Variegated Boxwood. Now, I, (and I don’t want to boast, but I think I have something similar) would say while pointing to it, this is the funny bush that hasn’t done too well after transplanting.
My wildflowers that I planted from seed are growing like wildfire. I was pleased to find something on the order of a fern but soon became dismayed, upon close inspection, it’s a weed. What a shame, because it looked rather nice. When I pulled every “fern” out of the ground, I noticed a flower had opened on one of the neighboring bushes. It was as if it said, thank you, I can breathe now. I guess if I were a flower, I wouldn’t want the bully plant crowding me out, either.
As far as the name of the flower pictured above, I shall call it the “surprise star”, at least until I’m enlightened by a knowledgeable gardener.