My Return to the Garden

Nigella has rather alien-looking flowers.

Foxglove flowers circle the stem facing outward.

After my fall when planting a ‘Little Gem’ magnolia, I had another more worrisome result: a fibro flare. I have fibromyalgia, a muscle-pain syndrome. The fall pushed it into overdrive, so I’ve been at home and in bed a lot since February. I’m making my post-fall debut with a study of nature’s intricacy in flower and leaf shape and arrangement.

Leaves of Penstemon murrayanus are perfoliate, meaning the stem comes up through the leaves.

Phlomis flowers are arranged around the stem.