I've been absent from the garden since last weekend's Green Thumb Sunday when we got the vegetables in.
Everything appears to be doing quite well, thank goodness.
Even the carrots handled the transplant out of their cozy baby food jars and are now beginning to put on those leafy tops.
Rather than capturing the kitchen garden, though, I wanted to share the rest of the yard.
Some of the chives that have had a home in a large plastic tub by the back door are starting to flower. I'm going to try getting seeds from these so I can add some to the potager. My sister-in-law once had chives re-seed all over her yard so every time she mowed the lawn she had a nice scent of chives and fresh lawn.
The rhododendron is in full bloom now, its hot pink buds waning to a more subdued blush. This is the first time the plant has been allowed to bloom since in the past it's been trimmed at the wrong time. Very delightful to look out the bay window and see these wonderful clusters of flowers.
Our lilac is putting on its blooms, often scenting the entire backyard with its sweet fragrance. It's a well established tree that previous owners let develop a double trunk that we have since cabled to prevent from splitting. Now I'm letting some of the center suckers develop to revitalize the plant.
Also tucked in the backyard, up against the house is a large Pieris shrub. It's probably not in the best location but it's healthy, despite growing at an awkward angle. I know nothing about its root system but hope it's nothing that will compromise our foundation. I love the little flowers on these plants. They smell delicious.
The name of this plant escapes me right now but I just love its glossy leaves, the size of dinner plates. They are most spectacular, if not eerie, before they open when they look similar to delicate hands.