Here is the first bloom of the Clematis 'H.F Young', it was a sad little twig when I bought it a few months ago but has now climbed to the top of the 4ft trellis. The bloom is very pleasing, I read that the first flush of blooms in the spring produces double flowers, and then it blooms again in the late summer/fall with a few single flowers. It is rated zone 4, but since we are considered 3b/4a many zone 4 plants do well, and it is in a sheltered location.
'The poppy and the frog', sounds like a children's story, doesn't it? This is the dwarf icelanic poppy Papaver nudicale 'Garden Gnome'. I wasn't expecting it to bloom this year, so I'm very happy that it did. I will let it set seed to ensure it's longevity in the garden.
This is the Globeflower Trollius x cultorum 'Lemon Queen', I like the unique shape of these round flowers.