I know it’s awfully late in the season to be talking about first blooms, but the two tree bed is a new bed (I don’t even have everything planted in it yet) and the Rose of Sharon that Danny the Geologist from across the street gave me happens to be the first flower to bloom in it. This poor plant was completely neglected last year and then just left out in a pot. I thought it was dead at one point. Then, well into Spring, I noticed that it was making little buds. I put it in the ground but really did not expect much from it. And now, it has given me a beautiful flower. It must have been the apology I gave it when I was planting it—or maybe the water and compost.
If you ever have the opportunity to get a plant from Danny the Geologist, jump at it. He propagates plants with character.