This is such an exciting time of year.

Now that the risk of frost has passed, the tender plants can finally be planted outside.

Here are my dahlias – Chat Noir, a cactus variety – tucked next to a young melianthus major in the sunny, shallow border.

The cannas are in the ground, too. Here’s canna musifolia, one of three planted out.

A couple of cannas have been planted in pots, too. Here’s Australia – a red variety.

Doesn’t look like much, but should be a beast by the end of the summer.

I’ve also potted-up some fuchsias – Coralle, an interesting variety with large, dark leaves and tubular, salmon flowers – and a heliotrope, which was a gift from my Dad.

I love heliotrope – lush, furry leaves, and a beautiful scent. I must take some cuttings this year…

The colocasias are also out, now that nighttime temperatures are consistently above 10 degrees.

And look here – fresh growth on my banana!

I don’t give two hoots what Andy Williams says – THIS is the most wonderful time of the year.

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