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 More red tulips, peony tulips, and the hosta bed

I cleaned out the hosta bed and the miniature hosta to the left of the stone in the front look particularly hearty.

The peony tulips are really starting to look lovely.

Tiglet looks extra cute here; and he distracts from the dandelion I missed when I was digging them all out of the lawn.

And the tulips near the lightpost are opening more.

I don’t understand what the black marks are on these red tulips. It was very warm yesterday –92 degrees. Maybe they couldn’t handle the heat.

And finally here is a picture of a bed with many things that will be exciting….

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.

April 2021 more tulips opening

More of the tulips are opening. I think these frilly purple ones suffered from the recent snow flurries. They look a bit more twisted than I think they are meant to.

These yellow ones are opening quite nicely and seem none the worse for the weather wear.

The ones above are new this year and I don’t quite remember what I put in last fall. The ones below are definitely a peony tulip and I believe these turn different colors as they continue to bloom.

On Sunday afternoon I mowed the back; I had mowed the front the weekend before, but this is the first cutting of the back lawn. It looks decent right now. We’ll see how it looks later in the season.

Tiglet looks quite proud of himself here, marching across the lawn.
And since I couldn’t resist and bought a few plants at the greenhouse on Saturday, I have these lovelies on my table.

April 2021 Kitties and a note about Cup-and-Saucer Vine

The kitties have all been enjoying the weather; we have suddenly sprinted into spring. I still wonder about the possibilities for sudden fall back into chilly weather.

Here is Martin Frobisher, who decided he needed to stretch out on the mail. There were other available (empty) chairs.
Happy Sidney on the quilt outside. I had been lounging on it too.
Fluff looks slightly demonic here, but I’ve noticed she often does in pictures. She is noisy and demanding, but definitely not demonic.

This is a picture of Cousin from last summer; I’ve put it in here to maintain his dignity. The next picture of him is very funny but not very dignified. I had been petting him and with the static and all, his hairs are all slicked back in a very odd way.

Well. Yes. And he is sticking out his tongue and he is actually getting ready to bat at me with that upraised paw. And clearly he has been putting his nose in places it wasn’t wanted. There are two little scoundrals in the background too.

Garden Updates

I tore out the leftover detritus of the Cup-And-Saucer (vine?/ flower?) plant (Cobaea Scandens). AND I was very pleased to find a complete seed pod that rattles like it is full of seeds. I am especially happy about this find because somehow I didn’t save any seeds (or at least not that I’ve found), and I don’t seem to have the packet or the leftover from last year. Here is the flower on the plant from last summer.

I didn’t quite realize what it was going to try to do (as a climber) so I will be planting it in a quite different spot this year… if the seeds I found work. I will put them in some seed starter soil inside and see how that goes.