I was surprised that this plant made it through the winter. Actually I was surprised it made it through last summer and the fall as well. So when it seemed to be thriving, and then even produced buds I waited with great anticipation to see what would emerge.The buds seemed to grow soooooooo slowly, and got longer and longer, and finally started to turn pale blue....
Today the first started to unfurl, and I am happy to say, it was worth the wait:
The initial loosening of the petals gave me this glimpse of the hidden treasures inside:
The final bloom looked like this:
And a closer look shows us the yellow stamen hovering above pale lavender petals which bleed abruptly into a deep purple center. Nice. Very, very nice.