As I drove past my house on my way back from Court today I was happily greeted by a fully bloomed white Iris which we had planted last year in memory of my stepfather, Jimmy, who passed away on May 1st, 2010.
So outside I went with my camera to see what else was in bloom that I could share.
We have two bleeding hearts that valiently try to survive the propane gas delivery guy’s attempts to kill them each year when he drags his hose across our lawn. The pink one did not make it all the way back this year – but the white one did.
It is not as full as it was a week ago because we included some of the flowers in the bouquet we brought to Mary’s wake on Monday.
Then my husband is a lover of Clematis – and our favorite is our Dawn Clematis – who has also struggled this year. It was a really rough winter for many of our plants followed by two months of continual rain so we are grateful for whatever is coming back. This is Dawn, who needs a new trellis after her last one rotted out from under her.
Dawn is a beautiful pale pink flower. We also have a solid white Clematis that is blooming happily at the top of the walk.
The green and white is repeated in the flowers of the viburnam which is on the other side of the driveway from the white clematis.
I am always trying to figure out a ground cover for the hill that is alongside the steps up to the walkway to our house. I never quite planted enough Ajuga to cover the hill, but I love the deep purple flowers that I get from them each year. This year seems to be the tallest flowers that have grown from those plants.
I spied some onion grass growing near where we used to have the back raised beds. Vash will be happy about that. He loves to snack off of the garden on his way back home from school.
The roses have not really come out yet in the rose gardens, but the columbines are starting to bloom.
The ferns and hostas in front of the porch are going strong.
And my beautiful Rhodi – which usually blooms in June – is blooming a little early this year – probably because of all of the rain.
I would much rather be in the garden today than in my office. Sigh.