May 2021 Iris

The iris are still coming out and I am remembering some that I did have last year and also there are some new ones.

A couple of these might be the German reblooming iris that are supposed to have another season late in the year; since I can’t remember, I will have to wait and see what happens in September.

This one might be the only yellow iris in the garden, and it is in such a shaded spot that it might barely be able to open.

May 2021 Iris, peony, and kitties

One of the seedling peonies has bloomed! Here is a post from last month about the peonies from seed. And here is the lovely bloom.

The other peonies are on the verge of opening. It is raining this morning, but I took these pictures yesterday afternoon.

I have several iris that came on while I was away in Colorado.

And I have some snoozy kitties.

May 2021 Garden blooms on the verge

There are many things in the garden right now on the verge of blooming. The enclosed, compressed energy is impressive.

If it keeps raining like it has for the last few days, the peonies will be really spectacular. I also may never get the lawn cut. Below is yarrow getting ready.

This is sage getting ready to bloom. The tarragon behind it is doing fantastically well. These are chives below.

I will save the bachelor’s buttons (cornflowers) for tomorrow. Maybe the sun will come out between now and then.

May 2021 wallflower, allium, iris, and other excitements

I had planned to put up some pictures from a visit to a local greenhouse –the splendors of abundance — but the garden is so lovely in the morning light and so many things are changing right now that I couldn’t resist.

It is in this bed that the most changes are happening right now. There are the iris, allium (newly opening), a tiny orange wallflower starting up, and some lilies that have suddenly become proper plants. There are also malva, hollyhocks, and a variety of types what I think of as black eyed Susans. I should look up proper names for these– some of the varieties are ones that my gardening neighbor and I dug from a fallow field in the countryside.

With some help from SIdney.
Tiglet in all his glory.

And here are the phlox by the barn, getting more gorgeous..

Looking behind these phlox, toward the corner of the barn, the lilies are starting to come. And it looks like they have increased substantially since last year. This lily is enormous, white, and heavily scented.

May 2021 Lawn, phlox, and iris

I cut the lawn over the weekend and did both the front and the back. This is my first full round of the season. I did the front a couple of weeks ago for the first time and the back just a week ago. Now I will be onto the schedule of cutting it probably every week or ten days.

The phlox and this iris are both opening nicely. These phlox are early, compared at least to my other ones that are pink and the long blooming white ones. Since these are so early, I have cut them back in different ways in the last couple of years attempting to get them to bloom again later in the season but they don’t want to. I suppose they wouldn’t have enough sun in this part of the bed, since the mulberry tree shades that once its leaves are out.

These iris are in a nice sunny bed and the allium next to them are about to start.

And then of course pictures of tulips and pictures of cats….

May 2021 May Day flowers, growth, and some kitties

I had a little garden tour this morning and had some kitty help with everything.

The yarrow looks great this year and the hostas have popped up overnight.

These lily of the valley have come on really quickly. The recent warm weather has hastened everything.

I have little violets growing in many beds… and coming up in the lawn too.

These phlox are starting to bloom. They look more blue in the sunlight than in these pictures.

These iris are very early –I didn’t even notice they were getting this close to blooming until suddenly they were opening. I love this very rich purple. They are not very tall.

The rhubarb has really come along too.

This almond bush has opened out into these amazing pink pom pom blooms.

I probably should have cut the lawn before taking pictures… but the light was so lovely this morning.

And here are some kitties playing amongst the peonies.