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!!
Calla Lily.Calla Lily.Veronica. 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.Veronica. Pink. Veronica. Pink. Veronica. Purple. Iris. A small and delicate Iris.Iris. 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.Iris. 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. Iris. 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.Dianthus– pinks, a type of carnation. Chinese 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. Peony. 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. Peony. 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. Sweet 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. Lupine. This plant has been very hardy and is now 4 years old. The bugs, bees and hummingbirds love this plant.Beaujolais Loose Strife. This particular plant is new this year- and the color is just getting going.Yarrow. 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.Cedar Wax Wing. Hanging out in the trees. They have been around the past few evenings.Cedar Wax Wing. Eating berries.
IRIS. These small mauve colored Iris are the first of this color to bloom, and they just opened up today. A close-up of the small mauve Iris.
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.