In Bloom

Lots of pink and purple in the yard this week…

Near the front door, the Columbine is in full flower.

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The girls gave this particular plant to me for Mother’s Day years back, and it’s still one of my favorites.

Next door, the smaller of my Bleeding Hearts is flowering – along with some violets (which are technically weeds).

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The Scabiosa is out – looking much prettier than its name would suggest.

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I’ve also heard this plant called “Pincushion Flower”, which, in my opinion, is much nicer.

And the first flowers on the Clematis have just opened up.

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This plant has really taken off, much to my delight. It was one of those July grocery store purchases – a spindly little thing that didn’t look like much in the beginning but was extremely cheap. I think I paid $2.99. It was money well spent, and I’m so glad I took a chance on it. It’s amazing what a couple of years and some fertilizer can do.

The Azaleas are putting on their annual show – looking rather tropical, I think.

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We have these in both red and white – the legacy of a former home owner.

Also inherited – this Rhododendron.

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We foolishly tried to cut it down, once, but didn’t do a thorough job. The Rhododendron rebounded and has been going strong ever since. I’m glad it doesn’t hold a grudge.

Relatively new to the yard – a Honeysuckle bush.

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I thought I was so original when I bought this. However, now I see honeysuckle everywhere – even growing wild in the woods behind us. Isn’t it funny how you don’t notice a plant until you’ve got it in your yard. Then, suddenly you can’t help but see it in everyone else’s.

And, speaking of the woods, there are some interesting things blooming back there as well.

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I’m not sure what this is, but it looks like some sort of Pitcher Plant.

And this lovely flower is blooming in the woods in abundance – in shades of both pink and white.

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I think it’s some kind of wild phlox.

Whatever it is, it’s lovely.

So there you are – the yard at present. We’re starting to get consistent warm weather now, and things are really taking off. Also – I’m in a last minute rush to get new purchases and seeds into the ground. I’d be able to catch up if only I didn’t keep bringing things home. But then everything looks so beautiful and inviting this time of year….

At some point, though, I’ll have to call it quits and switch into maintenance mode…unless I find some more $2.99 Clematis at the grocery store.

From the dining room table, with ten Hollyhock plants on the back patio waiting to go into the ground,

Mrs. Smythe

6 Comments on “In Bloom

  1. your woodsy plant may be related to the lady slipper.
    They grow wild also and look much the same.