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?

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7 comments:

  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!

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  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.

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  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.

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  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 :)

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  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!

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  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.
    Hugs
    Becky

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  7. Great job. What pretty purple flowers.
    Debbie

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