Last autumn my husband gave me some impressive looking bulbs for my flower border, as he likes Fritillaria so much. Well, the montana type. So he was rather alarmed when he saw what came up a few weeks ago. He never noticed the name of the flower on the package: Fritillaria imperialis. No wonder it grew so big! The flowers have sparkling colours, yellow and orange, and after all fit well with the other plants.
On the other side of the garden grows a plant that is quite the opposite: very fine leaves and exquisite, tiny flowers that look quite delicate. This is the Akebia quinata. In New Zealand it is considered as an ‘unwanted organism’ because it has the reputation to be invasive. In Japanese literature, on the other hand, it is evocative of pastoral settings (according to Wikipedia). I tend to agree with the latter.
In response to Garden Photography Challenge: April – Macro / close-up. Go and have a look at other garden beauties.