Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Dazzling was the only word I could think of when I walked around the corner of my house and saw and smelled the spirea in the sunshine this morning. A photo cannot capture the way the breeze was gently tossing the branches and wafting the aroma thru the air. Nor can the camera capture the buzz of the insects that were getting as much enjoyment out of the blooms as I was.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


This is the beginning of a tale of a friendship garden. I'll tell you more as the summer goes along. My friendship garden is a flower bed filled with things from gardeing friends and family.
This iris rhizome was sent to me by a dear on-line friend from the other side of the country. She was thinning out some irises in her yard and she sent me something like three roots. And they have had a rough start in my garden. The first year, the cat dug them up. The next year, the dogs covered them too deeply with dirt when they were digging out a rabbit nest. But slowly, they've perservered and multiplied. In spite of being in a spot that gets beaten by the sun and whipped mercilessly by the wind, these iris are spectacular this year.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day

There's one flower that's just perfect for posting today. Here's what we around here all call, "memorial day poppies". I didn't tahe this photo this morning, it's from several days ago. This is the first poppy that bloomed. It was so big and lush and I got so excited because I haven't had decent poppies in several years.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

White tulip

A very cool spring has been great for the tulips. They lasted much longer than most years. Alas, on Tuesday it hit 90ยบ with a strong wind, so what tulips I had left blooming were finished after that. I realized I've been spending lots of time outside enjoying and haven't posted many pics, so I'll try to catch up this week.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

A spring favorite

Here is one of my favorite pictures I've taken so far this spring. I think grape hyacinths are such cheerful flowers. The best part is that they are totally care free. I plunked these little bitty bulbs in the ground about 6 years ago and every year they just put on this fabulous display. In the immediate background you can see the peony stalks shooting up and further back, the pink tulips, and then just miles of prairie.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Happy Happy

Aren't they just gorgeous?

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Saturday, May 2, 2009