The azaleas and irises are in full bloom now, actually starting about a week ago. This is such a great time of year in the mountains, not too warm, not too cool, sweaters in the evening and sunny days. The sweet fragrance in the air makes you want to pause and breathe, taking a moment to appreciate this beautiful world and how lucky I am to live in the mountains surrounded by nature. Get ready for a long and picture heavy post!
My iris beds are a lot happier since I uncovered the rhizomes last year. There are going to be a lot more flowers this year.
About 10 days ago, they were literally covered in buds, so many more than before.
A few days later and they are bursting forth. The pale lavendar color is in both established beds, that I’ve had for years.
This one was a bit darker in color, opening up larger and prettier than the others.
Remember I said I was disappointed that the new irises in the third planter bed were going to be purple too? Well, I might change my mind, as the this one is so much larger and richer in color than the pale ones, with longer falls and a neat pattern to the beard base.
Then these beauties began to open. Startlingly beautiful in white edged in purple.
Gorgeous, and there are so many buds on these!
Then the real surprise, a burgundy with a yellow beard. There are three of the plants blooming with this color, or buds that look like they will be this. This one is a keeper for sure.
The color is even richer than this photo, dark burgundy falls with lighter petals.
As the days went on, more of the white and purple ones bloomed.
The new ones make the pale ones look small and a bit anemic. Now I want to rip up all the pale ones and get more of the deeper color ones. And I’d still like some yellow ones. But I am happy with the profusion of color in this area. The dirt is so shallow here between the steps and the brick planter, that it has been hard to find something to grow here.
A new visitor to the feeder, this rose-breasted grosbeak was stuffing his beak.
A blue jay came by, landing on the feeder and kicking the grosbeak off.
He landed on the top of the feeder and loudly expressed his displeasure at the intrusion. He screeched at the jay until the jay flew off, then went back to his meal. Now you know what it really means to get your feathers ruffled!!
Out in the meadow, the ajugas are coming up again. Large patches of purple carpet make the meadow look lovely.
The azaleas are coming out too. My favorite white ones are showing a mixed bag of pristine white next to areas of freeze damage brown.
There are pretty pink ones near the white ones.
One is a lavendar shaded pink, delicate and appealing to the bumblebees.
This darker pink is on the driveway.
Another white later bloomer wasn’t freeze damaged.
The hostas are beginning to come up. They are usually the last bloomers in the spring garden.
Up in the flower bed next to the house, the dianthus is coming on strong.
A thrift store find, this little iron bicycle is garden art.
The other iris bed got cleaned out, ridding it of all the leaves that drifted there over the winter. I hope getting some sun on the rhizomes will help them to bloom better. There are a few more buds here than last year. These are the smaller, pale purple like the other bed.
Looking down the driveway, the azaleas create a row of colorful blooms.
Farther down the driveway, these azaleas and trees line the edge of the meadow. In another week, they will be covered in blooms.
More of the burgundy iris blooms came out, filling the area with color.
I’ve been hearing the wood thrush again, and caught him on the lower feeder. The grosbeak on the upper one was cocking his head in a funny pose! I’m not sure what he was looking at.
Early evening one day last week, I heard the turkeys gobbling. I went to the veranda, and could hear them but they weren’t in the meadow. But I did notice a large dark shape high in the tree on the far side of the meadow.
I grabbed the good camera with the long zoom lens, sure enough it is a turkey.
I can’t stop taking pictures of these irises.
Then the real surprise, the fourth bed of irises put forth its first bloom, a white one!
Did I mention how I love white flowers? LOL, yes about a million times.
What’s blooming in your garden now?
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