Thursday, April 28, 2011

After the Rains

Oh how the flowers have loved the rains

white iris with purple edges
the first to bloom after all the purples

lavender clementis
the is a sprout from another clementis in the garden
planted in the concrete whiskey barrel
in the driveway daylily row

first of the pink peonies to bloom

double white clementis
best it has ever bloomed

Mom's yellow roses

We are definitely water logged but the garden is blooming better than ever and the hummingbirds are back. The weeds are growing faster than ever and I don't see how we will ever catch up. We have plenty to do in our spare time whenever that might be.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Before the Rains

Our coral peony bush is the first to bloom this year and thankfully I got a picture of them on Saturday before the storms rolled through Saturday night and Sunday.

the pictures just don't do them justice
they are absolutely gorgeous

mop bucket full after Saturday night
Sunday morning rains
we got an awful lot of water dumped
and now have a very soggy flower garden

an unwelcome visitor after the Sunday morning rains

Sunday afternoon was full of dark skies, lots of wind, heavy rain and tornado warnings. Thankfully no tornadoes were spotted, just lots of very dark clouds for a while and of course our unwelcome visitor going around in circles just outside the back yard. Our neighbor came over and took care of him for us and then 3 of the biggest black turkey buzzards finished the job and finally took the smell with them!

Monday was more rain and today is starting out with even more. Some areas already have 2"-7" with another 2"-7" coming by tomorrow night. Flooding is already in progress with more to come I'm sure. Thank goodness we live on a hill!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

More Additions for the Garden

We are having a perfect week weather wise this week so far and we have some more beauties to plant.

Miss Saigon Dutch Iris
found these at Walmart - 18 bulbs for $5
had to get 2 packs of course

spider web hen & chicks
from our local nursery - best prices there are

more hens & chicks
went to get mulch and couldn't resist

Red Dutch Oriental Lily
also found these at Walmart - 4 tubers for $5
can't buy just 1 so I got 2 of these

We almost finished mulching the flower beds at Jennifer's house yesterday and will finish when we plant her annuals next week. We have storms moving in tonight so have plenty to keep us busy this afternoon.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Getting It Done

The Beauty of Spring
& Mulching

the first rose to bloom

dogwood tree on back side of house

little pond has been mulched around
louisiana iris and little cattails sprouting in pond

thrift - keeps coming back
year after year

front hosta bed is mulched
Alan found a snake here the day after I mulched
thank goodness it was the day after

purple iris

front corner garden 1/2 cleaned and mulched
now to finish cleaning it before the weeds come back

peony & daylily bed in backyard is mulched

texas rose is blooming it's heart out
lots and lots of little yellow pompoms

lavender iris

rose bed in backyard is mulched
and more purple iris

oakleaf hydrangea is putting out leaves
virginia bluebell & money plant blooming

hellebores & more money plant blooming

little narcissus

more virgina bluebells around the flag pole

We've made a good dent in cleaning out the debris from the garden and mulching but boy do we still have a lot to do. I also want to add another small container pond and later on a bigger stock tank container pond. Now we just have to figure out where they will fit in. Mom has also gotten our new peonies planted this week - 10 in all, more beautiful colors to add to our collection!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tree Peonies for Tuesday

Our Gorgeous Tree Peonies Are Now Blooming

dark pink


light pink with dark centers

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Newest Additions

For Our Garden

Peaches & Cream Peony

White Fortnight Lilies
Also Called African Iris/Butterfly Iris

Isabella's present to Mom
April Dawn Camellia
this is a hardy camellia for our area

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Time Flies

Family Photos

Bella's 6 Month Picture

Clemente, Bella & Jennifer