Saturday, May 19, 2018

Home sweet home

I am officially on vacation for a week. No grand adventures planned, just knitting and sewing and spending time in the wonderful little paradise I've created for myself.

And it's a paradise in bloom!
The red Columbine continue to show off. Just look at all those blooms!
The Iceland Poppy is blooming. It's a really cool plant, because it puts up different coloured flowers. Last year I got red, yellow and white from it. It's hard to tell in the picture, but the upper poppy this year isn't white, but almost a beige. It's really cool.
And any day now, I'll be able to finally see what my Passion Flower blooms look like.  I had buds last year, but they are vary delicate and I accidentally knocked them off by poking at it too much. I am going to be much more careful (and patient) this time!
Speaking of being patient... it's finally paying off with the peonies. It's been three years since I transplanted some from my Dad's but, I'm finally getting buds. And as you can see the ants are hard at work gobbling up the peony sap. These will be a nice bright pink when they bloom.
The irises are starting to bloom. These dark purple ones came from Mom and they've spread so much.  But I've also got a lovely red, and added a new pretty yellow and white this year.
And I'd forgotten about the deep yellow one I stole from Dad's garden last year
 It also looks like my Shaker's Prayer Iris is finally going to bloom too (it's been a couple year since I planted it, and it hasn't bloomed for me)
The Lily-of-the-Valley is just starting to bloom and that corner of the garden smells amazing. I planted a pink one this year, but won't see blooms on it until next year.
It won't be long before the lilac pops too. Sadly, I've only got a couple bloom spikes on the bush this year. Last year she put on quite a show. But I love her, so I'll take what  I can get.
Lastly, all this blooming  means the yard is once again a-buzz! The cats have been having a wonderful time chasing the Bumblers and Honey Bees who've come for a visit so far. Though  Burton got the wrong end of a Bumbler, and ended up with a swollen paw for an afternoon.


Araignee said...

Woo hoo!!!! I can't wait to see all the things you get done during your time off.

Delighted Hands said...

When Spring lets loose, the garden really goes wild, doesn't it?! Just lovely.

Mereknits said...

Enjoy your time off and enjoy that beautiful garden.

Vera said...

I love all the varieties you have. Enjoy your vacation!

Anonymous said...

Lilacs are my absolute favorite. I didn't know there was such a thing as PINK Lily-of-the-Valley.

Enjoy the beautiful flowers this week.

Judy S. said...

Our flowers here have gone crazy, too! Spring is my favorite time of year, that's for sure. I am working on your "Going My Way" scarf pattern and LOVE it. Thank you for a beautiful pattern!

Eastside Cats said...

Our lilies-of-the-valley are blooming everywhere; they've seeded themselves all over the yard and gardens. Our old lilac is blooming too; even after snapping in half last year, and the main truck is mostly hollow.