It's that time of year when colors galore come out of hiding. When newness and growth abound. And yes, when vehicles turn yellow and people turn blue from sneezing.
I take great pride in my flower beds. Some of these flowers were here when we moved but most of them were planted by my own hands. That's not an unusual feat in itself but if you realized how much of a green thumb I didn't have, you'd understand my sense of pleasure and accomplishment in something as simple as flowers growing where I put them. :-)
First off are my Iris's. My front flower bed started out with Dutch Iris's and while I loved their fragrant flowers I detested their leaves; spindly, thin leaves that just flopped in a jumbled mess. I pulled quite a few of them out and gave them to friends and then planted these Iris's that sport several colors of the rainbow.
Next come my Canna Lilies. These were originally right in front of my house by the water spigot. They bloomed every year but they didn't seem.....happy. I transplanted them to the bottom of the flower bed where they receive sun nearly all day. They thrived last year and I'm excited to see what they do this year.
Then come my Tiger Lilies, I love the thick lush leaves it sprouts and I'm waiting for the stalks that'll form beautiful fragrant orange flowers.
This is another Lily, but I've forgotten it's name. It doesn't grow near the size of the Tiger Lily but it's flowers are just as pretty.
I can't forget these Happy Return Day Lilies. They generally bloom first in the garden but where I had planted them last year (and where they bloomed perfectly and beautifully) was causing them to get choked out by my Iris's (garden virgin error LOL) this year. I transplanted them to the front, clear space of the flower garden this spring so I'm not too hopeful I'll see blooms this year but they should be happy in their "new" home.
Then we see my Gerber Daisy's. They took quite a hit with the Dutch Iris's choking them out and are having a hard time recouping. John doesn't like them b/c he says they look like overgrown weeds, but I smile whenever I see them bloom. (I have these vibrant reds but I also have luscious yellows and brilliant oranges...they just haven't bloomed yet.)
This little Hosta tries hard every year to be a big Hosta but never quite succeeds. I'm not sure where else to plant it and although it's not thriving, it's still trying and so I leave it be.
I have no idea what this plant is called. It was given to me by someone else that didn't know it's name. It seems to like this corner by the stairs and puts off pretty pinkish broccoli type stalks.
Then I have several snapdragon plants growing at the back of the flowerbed. I had started out with about 10 plants but only 3 survived. I'm actually pleased that any survived b/c they were looking pretty pitiful when I got them. They put off the prettiest little dragon looking flowers. When I planted them, they were alongside the house, now though, they're branching (haha) out towards my sidewalk. Doesn't really bother me though, b/c were they're growing is bare anyway.
Last but not least is this flower. Or weed. I'm not really sure what it is. It came with a bunch of Iris's I got a few years back and I liked the pretty pink flowers, so I kept it. I'd assume it's some sort of clover b/c of the shape of the leaves, but I could be wrong. It's definitely gotten bigger but doesn't seem to be choking out my Iris's (not sure anything could choke them out actually LOL) and in fact, they are starting to come out through whatever this plant is. Another thing I find interesting is that the flowers close at night (as you can see in the first picture) but then open back up every morning. It's also the first thing to bloom in my garden (even before the Iris's).
I also have/had Elephant Ears growing in the side garden but I've been battling weeds the last few years and the Elephant Ears have taken a hit. I have a few stalks growing now but the impressive part of them are their leaves, so I'll wait till another post to share their pictures.