One of my favourite things about gardening is, simply, watching things grow. Watching stalks get taller, leaves unfurl, buds swell and bloom. For me, it’s like being an active observer in the middle of a daily magic show.
Some flower buds are expected – the shrub or perennial that has been in the garden for a while, you know what to expect. The wait is still exciting, but perhaps not as titillating as the wait for a brand new plant to flower. A new-to-you bulb to spring forth in the early spring. A new-to-you tuber or shrub, planted in its dormancy, to burst forth. Here are a few buds in my garden this past week, just waiting to open, from both categories.