Lovely blooms are flourishing in the garden, so get ready for a long and picture heavy post. We have a long flowering season here, beginning in late March with the forsythias. In late April and early May, the azaleas came into full flower. I love the white ones, and we have three white azalea shrubs on the property. The rest are various shades of pink. They are beautiful this year, pure white without any frost damage that we’ve seen in years past.
I need to prune them a bit, they are all a little unruly. But I like the free forms of woodland plants on our forested land.
Strangely, one or two of the flowers has a streak of pink. It isn’t the whole flower, the petals are white with a swath of pink on the same petal. There are pink ones nearby, and this must have something to do with that. This is the first time this has happened, and the bushes have been next to each other for over 15 years.
On this azalea plant, only one flower has a pink streak on just one petal.
Looking down the driveway, the azaleas line one side, giving us a beautiful show both leaving the house and coming home.
This medium pink is so pretty. We also have a darker pink and one or two coral ones.
The irises are still going, and I got a surprise yellow iris that put out two blooms. I don’t remember having one in yellow before.
Lovely isn’t it?
The last of these two color burgundy/yellow and purple/white irises bloomed last week. They are pretty much done now.
A later bloomer, there are a bunch of these medium purple shade with the light beards, and more buds promise more flowers to come.
Amazingly, this stand of iris came up in the back, a good distance up the mountainside. I got a picture with the zoom lens. They have light petals and dark purple falls with yellow beards.
While I was taking pictures of the wild irises, I noticed a lot of blackberry blooms, more than we’ve ever had before. Usually these are so far up the mountainside, I don’t want to even attempt to get the berries with the poison ivy up there too. These are so close, I might have some berries, if I can get them before the bears do.
The clingstone peach tree has some fruit, but about half the tree was lost as it was damaged somehow and broken. I don’t know if that was storm damage, or a bear. We know a bear has been here as some of my pots were overturned on the veranda when we got home from MINIs on the Dragon.
Last weekend, I saw one strolling across the front lawn. I took this picture from inside the house. It is a small, young one, maybe 100 pounds or so and perhaps about a year old. It moved on for today, but I’ll bet it will be back to get my peaches.
In the front flower bed, my bargain petunias are blooming with creamy white flowers.
The calibrachoa is going crazy. It would be good to prune it a bit as it is so leggy, but the flowers are so prolific, I’ve left it alone.
On the feeder, the grosbeaks migrated through.
A joyful discovery, I found a tiny lady’s slipper in the island (what I call the ground inside the circle on the driveway) near the azaleas. I was delighted!! Did you know these are related to orchids?
I looked around but don’t see any more plants with the right leaf shape. These are almost impossible to cultivate, so I just have to hope the little plant will be happy and its seeds will find the right conditions to make more. DH was asked not to blow it with his leaf blower, or disturb it.
Out in the meadow, daisies are covering the open space. Our garden guy with the big mower has yet to show up to mow the meadow. It is getting really too tall, but the flowers are nice, and the pollinators are having a field day. Get it? Field day? LOL!!! I know, but I couldn’t resist.
We had a tree cut down that was in the middle of the view, so we can see the ridge beyond a bit better again.
On the veranda, the yellow torenias are filling in nicely.
Geraniums are happy too.
Blue lobelia is flowering and getting bigger.
In the corner, the pots are filling in, and the verbena will be flowering soon.
The birdcage super belles are blooming well, and filling the space. Oh look, one of the fairies has put his house there.
Purple torenias are attracting the hummingbirds again. They are visiting daily, but they always fly off before I can get the camera ready to get a picture.
Spring is truly here, with lovely days in the 70s and cool nights. Lush green and colorful flowers fill the view, and it is a joy to sit outside on the veranda. I plan some al fresco meals outside soon, tablescapes and more recipes on the way!
How is spring (or autumn for my southern hemisphere readers) progressing in your area?
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