Ha! I was third on the list for a google search on "hostas are boring." Well, I used to think so, but not anymore. Hey, these are exciting -- FOXGLOVE! I've tried so many times to get these darn things growing in my yard. This was yet another last-ditch attempt (and, yes, I would likely keep trying) to get something established. The stalks are not very big, but look at those flowers!
These are some bellflowers that have been growing on the west side of our house for as long as we've lived here. For all I know, they're a weed. But aren't they lovely?? They have made the lack of foxglove much more bearable over the years.
Flowers are good, and help to soothe a heavy heart and rattled nerves. I received word yesterday that a cousin died. Ted was a year younger than me. He had a form of leukemia that is completely treatable and curable in children, but very rare in adults and the prognosis was never very good. Ted was tall and lanky, and so very warm and friendly, he could instantly put anyone at ease. He had dimples that would melt your heart, and I'm sure he flashed 'em constantly right up to the end. We always lived a far distance from each other, so didn't spend a lot of time together, but our get-togethers are memorable nonetheless. He leaves a wife of only 6 years and his stepchildren. His parents, my aunt and uncle (Mom's brother), have already passed away, too, so only Ted's two sisters remain in that family. I can't even begin to describe how my heart feels about that.
We'll miss you Ted.