Perfect conditions for gardening today: sunny, breezy, don't-break-a-sweat weather and all creation surging with greenery and growth. The old side bed was expanded--make way for dahlias--cleaned and edged. Still need to top-dress around the phlox, peonies, Siberian irises, and astilbe with composted cow manure.
And here's the most regal obstacle to dahlia planting. "Princess Irene" is enjoying a great bloom. She's not a very tall tulip, but that blend of orange and purple, especially against a background of maroon peony foliage, is commanding.
The coup d'etat will be delayed until the Princess' charms fade. Isn't that always the way?