This might be the earliest these peonies have ever come out. They are usually at least a week later. We had a strangely warm week early on in the spring and I think it hurried several things. Luckily the cold snap doesn’t seem to have stunted them at all.
It has been a very full May. Sorry these pictures aren’t very good. I will get some better ones tomorrow —or the next day.
The bleeding heart plant is one of the first things I planted when I moved into this house. And it is one of the only things I planted that first spring that turned out to have been in the right place. It is right up against the house on the east side in a protected corner. I usually put straw on it in the fall. I looked up the latin name for this plant and it is Lamprocapnos spectabilis but it seems to also masquerade under its previous name dicentra.
As has been its habit, it came out early and strong this year and had blooms on it in early April. A couple of very cold nights made it look very sad, and I wondered if it had finished its season. Now it is back and stronger than ever.
I went away again for a very quick visit, flying into Durango, Colorado. I have some pictures from a lovely hike where we saw amazing lupines and a few other wildflowers. And lots of trees. The pictures don’t do a good job of capturing the dappling sunlight or the smell, but the colors are lovely.
In one section of the walk, a few iris (in the midst of what will be a large patch) have already started to bloom. They are delicate and yet sturdy. Smaller than the iris I have blooming in my garden, these will be stunning when there are many of them and the individual ones already open are arresting.
We saw several other wildflowers, some of which I recognize like wood violets and columbine.
This next yellow flower was prolific and I don’t think I’ve noticed it before. It is really a lovely yellow, low growing, and usually in clusters.
The mosses were incredible. And so varied.
A lovely quick trip and another step back to some semblance of normal life.
I wrote this post a couple of weeks ago … and then never posted it. I’m not quite sure what went wrong. But here it is with a particularly sweet picture of little Minnie in the middle of a very big bed of straw.
This allium is really blooming. So lovely. And I got the straw spread in the space south of the bed for the pumpkin and squash vines to spread over.
And the kitties are happy about the enormous straw bed.
Claribel is Vladimir’s sister. There were only the two of them –and here is a picture I’ve already included that shows Vladimir and Claribel with their Mum.
But since you can barely see her little tiny self in that picture, here are a couple of others of her as a tiny kitten.
Claribel was born in August of 2009.; I’m not sure why she looks so grey in this picture. It must be the light reflecting off the mass expanses of that sofa.
This picture was taken in December of 2009 –she is about 4 1/2 or 5 months old here.
Claribel is definitely the most limber, flexible, and acrobatic of all the cats.
Cousin is looking at that toy… I think it had been rubbed on catnip.
Above, Claribel cuddles her head into a nice warm Cara tummy. All the kitties like to cuddle with Cara. Fewer of them are keen to cuddle with Milton (the black kitty below). Milton and Claribel are often found together. Here they are looking like a pair of snoozy outlaws: Trouble and Sneaky.
I have a couple different varieties of Bachelor’s Buttons, as they are called here. My grandmother used to grow these in a large swath at one side of the garden. These, zinnias, and moss roses (portulaca) are the flowers I most associate with her garden.
Having a garden, I now recognize why they reappeared in her garden in a large swath. They are vigorous re-seeders. Considered an annual, I do not have to replant them. It is really a matter of tearing them out to allow room for vegetable planting. I am terribly behind on my vegetable planting this year but hope to have many more things planted by the end of this week. And I will go to the nursery and buy a few plants –eggplant, for example.
Here are the bachelor’s buttons. Not yet in all of their glory.