Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Little by little....things are looking bright!

Isn't this pretty. It is one of the annuals I picked up last week.

But here is one I grew from seed! Yeah! It is the first of the sweet alyssum to bloom. It is under some rose bushes and will be a pretty filler. All of my little seedling starts are getting bigger. This is the first year I have messed with it and I have enjoyed seeing things pop up.

Speaking of popping up, look at the size of this iris. I do not know the name, but it is HUGE!

It is so pretty and a bit "flatter" on top than my other iris. I got them for free, and wow, are they putting on a show. Maybe a Siberian? I don't know, but it looks very different from the others.

This is just a few of them, but you see they are everywhere and still more to bloom. I love it that you can finally see something from the road when you drive by.

Another of the annuals, a double petunia. I love this color.

Some Evening Stock, I think I bought 24 of these in pinks, wine and this purple. Another annual, but hoping it might reseed?

I love this flower. Sensation-Rose Salvia, it is a long bloomer in my garden.

You can see my hostas are coming back nicely. I have tons of them. I bought some from one of the nursery catalogs labeled "Handful of Hostas" and they had the prettiest blooms last year. They we're pure white, larger then any bloom I have ever seen on a hosta and had a light sweet smell. I will take pics when they bloom.

Some of my variegated vinca in the butterfly garden is blooming. I didn't even know variegated bloomed. It is very light blue and you have to look close to see them. But it is cute and now I know to look for it.

As you can see, I won't be getting the hoses out this week. It has poured the last 2 days and it keeps on coming. I know the plants appreciate it, but not much is getting done outside. Maybe I will finally get the laundry caught up?



  1. Brooke, I love your free iris! It's a beauty...Speaking of beauties, your garden design off the porch is fantastic. Love the birdhouse...and is that a planted birdbath? We seem to be drawn to the same wonderful lilacs, blues and pinks! Have a sweet day!

  2. You have a beautiful blog and the most kind way of talking about it. All the plants are very suiting for your cottage style garden. And yes, that does show we have a lot in common. I'm just admiring all the roses on your sidebar. I see Gail likes it all too and no wonder--she's just like us as well.

    I like the path and plantings up close to the house. I want to put a grouping of planters in some areas like you have done with the one. Show us a close up so we can what that is exactly. Gail thinks it a birdbath---we need to know.

  3. I can almost smell that iris! Looks like you had rain also. I live in Northern Iowa, we had almost 5 inches over the weekend.

  4. I like that double purple petunia..looks like a rose! Is your Heirloom rose fragrant? Pretty! I would prefer the rain over the heat, at least this early in the season :)

  5. I love your walkway it's so inviting, a great way to enjoy all of the flowers. I have some Iris getting ready to bloom, I can hardly wait. I wanted to get started on some vegetable planting, but the rain is putting me behind, but it's making the rest of my garden burst with growth!

  6. Wow that iris should be entered at the county 4H fair. I don't think I have seen anything so big.
    Your flower bed is beautiful. I know that it is bringing you such joy as flowers peek out from under winter covers.

  7. Great job. What pretty purple flowers.


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