around the yard

Last year we had a hard freeze in April that decimated the iris blooms. This year they must be making up for that as they are loaded with blossoms. If we get no rain next week, the yard should be gorgeous and ablaze with color.


Aunt Jane's iris

front drive

The large lilacs are done, but the Korean lilacs and Lilac ‘Miss Kim’ are blooming right now.

Korean Lilac

east front yard

‘Miss Kim’ is a very fragrant lilac and a bit later than the Koreans.

Lilac 'Miss Kim'

We’ve had a lot of rain the past week, with more coming today. Everything is soaked. When we walk across the grass, it squishes like a sponge.

Hosta ‘June’

Hosta 'June'

The St. Louis news had a story about the trees that are falling over due to the complete saturation of the ground. Our pear tree has been slightly off kilter for some time, but today it has fully reclined. Just got too top heavy for the wet ground, I guess. DH plans to cut it down. We will have to move all the hostas.

reclining pear

The hostas are doing great so far. They grow quickly with all the rain we’ve had.

Hosta ‘Inniswood’ and Hosta ‘Gold Tiara’

Hosta 'Inniswood' and Hosta 'Gold Tiara'

Color is popping up all over the yard. This old yellow rose came from a plant that belonged to DH’s paternal great-grandmother.

old yellow rose

old yellow rose

Our first peony opened this week. This is ‘Illiani Warrior.’

Peony 'Illiani Warrior'

‘Lavender Lady’ will be next.

Peony 'Lavender Lady'

I love the soft wooly grey of Lamb’s Ear.

lamb's ear

The geraniums are beginning to bloom. This one contrasts nicely with the hosta ‘Pineapple Upside Down Cake.’

geraniums and hosta

When DH gets home from work, the first thing we do is walk the yard. Have to see what bloomed today! 🙂

DD#3 and DH


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