The rain and the wind didn’t do them any favors, but they remain lovely. They are one of those flowers that don’t really fit into our neat modern world: large, unruly, long lived but slow to get there, full of ants, shedding petals, and wildly fragrant.

And there is nothing more glorious than a huge bouquet of them or seeing them scattered through the garden. I’d like to figure out where to put a few more of them, since there are some that are definitely in too much dry shade these days.  There is one place that would work well, but it would be a daunting bit of work….

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