Saturday in the garden

J 1Calla Lily.J 2Calla Lily.J 3Veronica.  The color is just starting to show on the various Veronica plants.  They come in several shades of pink plus purple, blue and white.  They are easy to grow.J 4Veronica.  Pink. J 5Veronica.  Pink. J 6Veronica.  Purple. J 7Iris. A small and delicate Iris.J 8Iris. These are late blooming compared to the larger bearded Iris variety.  I have them on the north side of the house so they get part shade.J 9Iris.  This one is new this year. It came from the nursery and had a tag for a pink/pink bearded Iris.  So, I was surprised to see the multi-color with lavender, happily surprised. J 10Iris.  Wow, this dark purple Iris is also new this year.   I ended up with these two super dark purple bulbs that were in with other standard purple Iris. Another nice surprise.J 11Dianthus– pinks, a type of carnation. J 12Chinese lantern bud.  When they are in full bloom they will turn to a bright orange bloom that hangs down, is hollow, and really looks like its name-sake. J 13Peony.  This white one has a lovely fragrance.  I have about 5 white blooms near each other, so this area smells very nice and fresh.  This is the third year that I’ve had any peonies.  I got them as starter root balls- they didn’t have any blooms the first year, and averaged 1 bloom each last year.   J 14Peony.  These bright pink blooms first opened about 3 days ago, and they are getting a larger every day.  These two do not have a fragrance. J 15Sweet William. This plant is an annual.  Most all of my plants are perennials, which means that they will come back every year from the root ball or bulb.  The Sweet William re-seeds itself very well and stays in this area nicely- it doesn’t spread all over the garden.  J 16Lupine.  This plant has been very hardy and is now 4 years old.  The bugs, bees and hummingbirds love this plant.J 17Beaujolais Loose Strife.  This particular plant is new this year- and the color is just getting going.J 18Yarrow.  This yellow yarrow is very easy to grow.  It adds great color to the garden.  In contrast to other yarrows that have green fern like leaves, the yellow yarrow had less fern like and more gray colored stems and leaves.S bird 1Cedar Wax Wing. Hanging out in the trees.  They have been around the past few evenings.S bird 2Cedar Wax Wing.  Eating berries.

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