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Iris are blooming, May 19, 2017

Here are some current photos – from the past few days. Our Iris are getting going about 3 weeks later than when they bloomed last year.  It has been a very wet spring and much cooler than last year.

I really enjoy the variety of color, texture and height of the Iris family of plants.  Each summer, after they are done blooming, I’ve been moving a few of them to new locations to make sure they look good with their neighbor flowers and colors.  We have quite a few lupine, columbine and poppy plants that I’m mixing in.  Gardening- – what a fun hobby!!

Happy Spring!!




Perennials and their interesting leaves


1a lt phlox

light pink Phlox

1b lt phlox

2a dk phlox

dark pink Phlox

2b dk phlox3a oriental poppy

Oriental Poppy

3b oriental poppy4a dk astrantia

dark burgundy Astrantia

4b dk astrantia5a white astrantia

white Astrantia

5b white astrantia6a pink coneflower

pink Coneflower – hummingbirds and insects like these flowers

6b pink coneflower7a lupine

Lupine – these plants produce tall spikes of flowers in many pastel shades, plus dark purple and combinations of colors – this one will have red spikes

7b lupine8a veronica

Veronica – these come in many shades of pinks, blues, purples, and white

9a hosta

Hosta – this plant will produce thin purple flower spikes

9b hosta10a delphinium

Delphinium – the flowers on these plants come in blues, pinks and whites – the flower spikes are quite tall and the hummingbirds love them- this plant will have blue flowers

10b delphinium11a columbine

Columbine – these plants come in a wide variety of pastel colors- they have small flowers on this stems – this one is white – the flowers will be opening up in a few more days

11b columbine12a clematis

Clematis – wonderful climbing vine – these come in a wide variety of colors and can be double or single blooms – this one is a bright pink

12b clematis


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May 10, in the garden today

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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.

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My early peach colored Iris- yeah!

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The Iris and Columbine next to each other.

Like 1bThis 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…ColumbineLike 1c

We have a few feeders out by the garden….

Like 1jand 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.

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This is a photo of Willie taking a bath.

Like 1gThis is a photo of Pete and Frank checking things out.  Frank is the leader, Pete is the follower.

Like 1hYet to be named chicken, one of the girls.

Like 1iElvis, the Rooster- [all the Roosters are named Elvis].