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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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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.

May 18, in the Garden today

Iris 1a May 18IRIS.  These small mauve colored Iris are the first of this color to bloom, and they just opened up today.  Iris 1b May 18A close-up of the small mauve Iris.

Iris 2 May 18A larger two-toned mauve Iris. Iris 3 May 17The 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 1a May 18POPPY.  Salmon color. Poppy 1b May 18Two salmon color and three orange. Poppy 2b May 16Jumbo red.  This bloom is several inches larger than the salmon and orange varieties. Poppy Bud 1 May 18Poppy 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.R Astrantia May 17ASTRANIA.  This dark red variety was new for me last year.  I’m really enjoying the dark green leaves as well as the darker flowers. R Astrantia May 18This 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’.R Clematis 1a May 17CLEMATIS.  Buds of my double pink Clematis. R Clematis 1b May 18Another view of a double pink Clematis bud. R Clematis 2 May 18More Clematis about to bloom. R Clematis 3 MayWhite Clematis.  This bloom is about the size of an open hand.R Lupine 1 May 18LUPINE.  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.R Lupine 2 May 18A 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. S Bean May 18One of the dry- bean plants.S Birds May 18BIRDS.  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.