The Ligularia is blooming. I really enjoy this plant.
I love the unusual form of this flower--tiny little eyeball with a wee frill of ruffled petals on the underside. This flower is fully open. I think it's a great contrast to Ligularia's large coarse leaves and tall spiky blooms. It needs to be planted in the front of a border to be appreciated.
I usually cut down hosta blooms because they are too tall and messy for my liking. Since the deer ate dozens of my hostas, I don't have many to cut down this year. Somehow this one escaped the deer and I decided I like its flowers in front of the pink speedwell so I left them on.