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Belief in the underground

Flip the Linda coin. On one side, I’m a practical, show-me type. Turn it over and there’s equally strong trust. In my garden, the coin’s complete, especially when the invisibles return after hiding out underground for months. After last week’s restorative rain, sweet Narcissus ‘Abba’ couldn’t wait to renew my trust that she’d return.

Narcissus Abba

Narcissus ‘Falconet’ wasn’t about to be left out.

Narcissus Falconet

This Gladiolus tristis is a newbie, so the trust factor has another year or two to go.

gladiolus tristis

My daylilies are actually evergreen, but this early bird was a surprise!

Yellow daylily Central Texas Gardener

Freesia laxa makes a springtime chorus line against silvery anchor ‘Powis Castle’ Artemisia.

Carmine Freesia laxa

Native spiderworts are a little slow on the punch this year. Oddly enough, this first year self-seeded one bloomed first, perhaps to let me know that it trusts me not to move it! Okay, got it.

Lavender spiderwort

In the cat cove, I always forget about these miniature grape hyacinths that work so nicely between flagstones.

Grape hyancinth

On the edges, Spring starflowers (Ipheion uniflorum) keep on pumping.

spring starflower (Ipheion uniflorum)

Under the mountain laurel in the island bed, I don’t know where I got widow’s tears (Commelina erecta). They showed up last year. I left it to trust that they’d come back. And they did.

widow's tears

Purple oxalis can be finicky for me, but I guess I finally found the right spot for it to return. See, that’s where practicality meets trust!

Purple oxalis

Nearby, African hosta (Drimiopsis maculata) is coming up with its complementary purple speckles.

african hosta Drimiopsis maculata

Yellow is such a team with purple.  Scotty’s Surprise oxalis, a Scott Ogden foundling, knows it well!

scotty's surprise oxalis

Until next week, hope you have fun with your surprises!  Linda