Thursday, May 21, 2009

Rise up

The garden is really starting to put on a show thanks to some spectacular weather in the last couple days. Blooms have sprung up and and foliage is starting to fill out.  Heuchera or Coral Bells have definitely benefitted from division earlier this year. Several have doubled in size and all are sending up their dainty flower heads.

I don't always catch when the Iris send up their stiff flower stalk, but it's always impressive. The blooms are quite lovely on these plants, but there's sculptural appeal in the bud itself.

Buds! Real buds on my peony. Now some of you may recall that this poor peony has had quite a time making it past 5 inches because it had been a resting place for my dog Winston. Now that we've gated off the south side of the yard though it's almost 2 feet and buds are icing on the cake!

I spotted a volunteer maple growing in a little pot on the deck. Strangely, its leaves are narrower than the parent plant. I'm happy to have a free maple though!

Columbine basks in the sunlight, its delicate lines captured mid-performance like lithe dancers.


Mildred said...

What pretty plants! Can't wait to see the peony blooms. I hope you have a great weekend.

Tessa at Blunders with shoots, blossoms 'n roots said...

I so glad that your peony has a bud! That is amazing that it came back like that. Thanks for stopping by my blog- I don't have a resource for how much to plant per family size, wish I did! I just plant and adjust it according to my notes for next year. I have sheets that I keep for all the crops that I grow every year- you can find the sheets in my box if you'd like to use them- and if you find a handy resource for planning how much to plant, please do pass it along :)

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

The sun really has made a difference hasn't it? I'm glad you found peony buds, that is very exciting. I agree the iris buds themselves are very pretty and very unique!

Blossom said...

The anticipation of having a bud, waiting for the bloom ... just love flowers in the garden!