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April 1, 2017

April 1, and it doesn’t seem like spring yet.  It was 42 this morning and misty rain when I went to look at the garden.  We had over 6″ of rain in March, and more cold weather this winter than we’re used to.  I’m surprised that the garden is growing and the plants are doing so well without getting much warmth or sunshine.  The iris seem to be happy no matter the weather.

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I’ve gotten about 2 hours weeding time in so far, and cleaned up around some of the iris. This next photo shows how the gardens with no mulch get covered in weeds.  The mulch doesn’t totally prevent weeds, but it makes a noticeable difference.

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Several of our peonies have started and this one is the furthest along.  It won’t be too long before all the leaves have fully turned from red to green.

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More of  the iris and small red peony leaves that have been weeded.

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Pink Phlox getting started.  It will be about 3-4 feet tall when it blooms.

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Iris, oriental poppy, astrantia and columbine….

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and Sedum.

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Perennials and their interesting leaves


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light pink Phlox

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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

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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

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June 23, Summer is finally here

We are now officially in summer!  The dahlias are growing steadily and putting on their buds.  Two of my plants that I left in ground over winter are already blooming, and more buds will be opening every day now.  Once the dahlias get into full bloom the variety of color in the garden will get even more amazing.

Here are a few photos of what is blooming and about to bloom.

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Red Raspberry.  This one will be ready in a few days.

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Red Raspberry.  This one is ripe with the perfect color and ready to eat.  In fact, I did eat it!  Yummy.  It was the first red raspberry to ripen this year, most of the other berries have not even started to turn red yet.

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Close-up of same red Dahlia.

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Astrantia (pink) and Veronica (blue)

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White Oriental Poppy.

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Pink Coneflower.

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Queen of the Prairie.

below: Hydrangea

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Delphinium and Coreopsis.

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after getting caught nibbling on the apple tree … getting out of town quickly