Wednesday, May 07, 2008


I don't remember the peonies blooming this early... but what do I know? But they sure look nice with the azaleas beside them.The fringe tree is even prettier - hard to imagine. A new iris, strange colors... and the white iris could have its own blog this year - plus, it is so fragrant!
A lady stopped by today and said she loved my yard and the way everything looked so natural. Said she like formal gardens allright, but my gardens were "so comfortable, the kind of gardens you can dream in." Whatever that means. Mostly I dream about having all the weeds pulled... The grass cut... the mulch moved... no poison ivy (or piesin ivory as the old folks say.) She said my gardens smelled so sweet! Well, the holly is in bloom. I assume you know girl holly from boy holly. The boy holly smells real sweet right now. Then there are the Locust trees - super sweet!Sorry, it was real windy when I took these pictures, but you get the idea, and this was shooting up into the tree in the evening. The digitalis doesn't seem to have any fragrance but it sure is pretty. It just pops up wherever it feels like it. I just let it grow.. A number of years ago I found this old fashioned rose growing wild out in the woods behind my house. I moved it just before they cut all my pine trees down. It smells like roses used to smell at my Grandmother's house. The Columbine just pops up wherever it wants to also. Azaleas and Iris, iris, iris. This is a young magnolia tree my dear friend Jackie gave me. It is now taller than I am. They say it takes 15 years for them to bloom. I am counting. Spook is giving it a pep talk here. This was a shot of Spook, so it is not a great shot of the tree, but I decided to include it anyway. Also, in apology or explanation for the darkness of some of these shots, it was evening, and it was very windy. The cats followed me and my visitor all around the gardens. Great company, cats.


Ralph said...

Great pictures. The lady was right - the kind of garden you can dream in.

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

What a lovely garden. I just can imagine how my pigs would soon plow it all up.

It will be a month before flowers bloom here. I am just getting the beds ready.

I like to seek out the wild flowers. Bloodroot and wild iris and dog tooth violets are out.

Rhodent said...

Beautiful!!! Peace roses are one of my favorites! I wish we could grow Iris in this part of Florida, but the climate isn't compatible with them. You are so lucky to have such a wonderful place!