Bumper crop of coneflowers promising a colorful summer...

Newsflash: I've decided to see the garden as half full. Instead of crying over the spilled milk atrocities of our winter, I'm going to focus on the positive. Sure, things died. And buds got zapped. And agaves turned to mush. I can't do a darned thing about it.

 I'm chanting my garden mantra: "I am NOT in charge."

Ok. Enough said. So, what's going to be beautiful in my garden this year?

Cone flowers. Echinacea purpurea is one of my favorites.  It's just so perky all the time.

And from the looks of it, it's going to be a banner year for them.  This is a cluster of cone flower plants that's jammed packed -- there's just foliage growing in the garden right now, but soon they will be beautiful like the picture of last year's in the pictures above and below. 

I need to thin them out and spread them around - I love being my own nursery!

While the most common color around here is the purple, I also have some of the white variety in the garden, too.   Don't they just make you want to smile?
Here's to a wonderful week!

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