A larger two-toned mauve Iris. The peach colored Iris, which was the first of all our Iris to bloom this year. To the left of the Iris there is pink Sea Thrift; behind to the top right there are pink Columbine; to the left bottom of the photo the green is Veronica; and the gray in the lower center is Dianthus- ‘Pinks’- which are in the Carnation family. Much more color and variety is on the way!The tall yellow bearded Iris. The tall purple two-toned Iris. POPPY. Salmon color. Two salmon color and three orange. Jumbo red. This bloom is several inches larger than the salmon and orange varieties. Poppy bud, getting ready to open any day. The covering will split in two as the bud opens. The bloom will at first look like a delicate tissue paper flower when the covering pops open. WOW- nature is amazing.ASTRANIA. This dark red variety was new for me last year. I’m really enjoying the dark green leaves as well as the darker flowers. This pink I have had for several years- it is very hardy and long blooming. I have added a couple with white blooms this year- they are called ‘Alba’.CLEMATIS. Buds of my double pink Clematis. Another view of a double pink Clematis bud. More Clematis about to bloom. White Clematis. This bloom is about the size of an open hand.LUPINE. This plant, in particular, is cute and funny at the same time. Most of the Lupine have the bloom stalks straight up, but this variety likes to bend and weave. The blooms open up like a cone and the color starts from the bottom buds- then the color opens up through to the top over the next couple days. These spikes are fully red now.A pink variety that is a few days behind the red plant. The color is starting to show and the spikes are filling in. Lupine comes in many pastel colors and some are two-toned. One of the dry- bean plants.BIRDS. A male and female Black-headed Grosbeak. We generally see them one by one, so it was fun to see them both together. We’ve had up to four males at one time during the last week.
One of the first things I noticed in the garden this morning were thin spider webs. There were many single lines and then I came upon this beautiful one- a spiral orb web. It was highlighted in the dew which made it easy to see. I didn’t see the spider though.
My early peach colored Iris- yeah!
The Iris and Columbine next to each other.
This is a close-up of Columbine. They come in several colors and several heights: from white to pale yellow to pinks and fairly dark purple. There are also a varieties that have two tones. The next two photos are also Columbines…
We have a few feeders out by the garden….
and this male Black-Headed Grosbeak visited us today. We haven’t notice the female yet. This week is the first we’ve seen him this year. In contrast with the yellow Evening Grosbeak, these birds seem to be more solitary and don’t spend very much time at the feeders.
This is a photo of Willie taking a bath.