Monday, June 15, 2015

One Bloomin' Season - A Very WET Week Five

As I sit here preparing this post, it is still raining.  I guess that brief spot of sun I saw earlier was just my imagination.  My weekly picture of the garden entrance will be substituted with one of the view from the kitchen door, under the roof overhang, keeping me dry.

Everything always looks nice and green after a rain.  Or during the rain.  This is the area on the east side of the patio.  Fortunately, I took pictures during the week as flowers started blooming.  I've been moving a lot of hostas to new spots.  I hate to throw any good plants away, but I have the kind of neighbors who are mostly into growing weeds, so I look for new areas in my yard.  The last year or so I have been dividing astilbe and now have many plants.  The first one to bloom is 'Deutschland'.
My pink knock-out rose has started blooming, complete with rain-drops.
My climber 'Blaze' is in bloom, below, though it is still pretty short after the winter-kill was removed.
And the beautiful 'Bonica' is also blooming.

My original peony plant has finally opened to a beautiful rose pink.  The bloom will gradually fade to white, if the rain doesn't destroy it first.

Keeping with a 'pink' theme, I have spirea 'Little Princess'
and a really old spirea whose variety I no longer remember.
There is a large clump of Lady's mantle that I am sure is now flattened by the rain.
And last but not least, is a balloon flower that has gone wild in the past few years.  I am literally pulling and tossing this, so if anyone in the area wants some, just give a shout.  With all the rain, I had to take this photo this morning with the telephoto lens.

I did get out in the late afternoon to move some tall grasses and a Rose of Sharon to the area along the neighbor's ugly fence where I cut down all the invasive honeysuckle.   When I put the shovel in the ground, water bubbled up.  It is unbelievably wet out there.  It is supposed to rain ALL week.  Next Monday I may not have any new pictures to post except for puddles.

8 comments:

  1. Gorgeous flowers, I am so jealous. You do put a lot of work into it though. Sorry it's so wet. It's a bit the same here - we were in drought and now we have more rain than we need. Right now its a bit sunny, but last night, because of the moisture, we had a very thick fog. And humidity, unbelievable.

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    1. Just ran outside and did the fastest lawn cutting ever. Raining yet again. Too bad scientists can't find a way to send those rain clouds to the west coast.

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  2. Wow, everything looks beautiful! We've been getting a lot of rain this summer too, and hail. Every time we get another big storm, I weep for the garden, but so far, most things are surviving.

    I think we have the same neighbours. Mine pulled an old couch into their yard to complete the lovely look.

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    1. Yes, last year I had to call the code officer to come and tell the neighbors to get the sofa off of the driveway. Thought I was living next to Ma and Pa Kettle.

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  3. These pics are so great! I especially love the last picture of that beautiful flower but I love lavender and blue. All your flowers are just stunning.

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    1. The season of red is coming with the daylilies.

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  4. Very Very pretty garden. I love the up close blooms, but I also appreciate the spacial views, like your first photo. I too am moving a lot of hostas. I keep redesigning the space with new bright ideas. Your white astilbe looks to be true white. Mine are more creamy. Does yours have a frangrance?

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    1. I've been redesigning for the 43 years I have been here. The astilbe are pure white but have no fragrance.

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