getting outside for a change

Between rain and not feeling well, I have missed a lot of garden time this year. Yesterday, I went out and sat in a chair to watch DH pull weeds. It was a sunny day, though a tad chilly in the shade. I “supervised” cleaning under the carport and some garden bed clean up. DH is nice enough to let me use the royal “we” while watching him work in the yard. “We should clean up under the carport…we should clear those empty pots out…we should move the border of that bed back a couple of feet…” Thanks, Honey. You are very 1 Corinthians 13ish.

DH sorted through the potted plants we had leftover from last year’s plant sales. Most had made it through the winter just fine. We’ve had plant sales the past four summers, I think. All proceeds go to the mission fund at church. A fun way to turn our hobby, and God’s gracious provision, into mission funding. If you’re in the area, stop by if you’re looking for plants. “We”…I mean DH…will dig on the spot or take an order that you can pick up later. Feel free to browse the front yard gardens and pick something out.

garden work

While cleaning under the carport, DH found that a butterfly had just emerged from a chrysalis. It had overwintered under the carport in the fish tank we use to raise caterpillars. The tank had been left outdoors during the winter so the chrysalis wouldn’t open before the weather was right for the butterfly. Isn’t she beautiful? A few minutes of resting in the warm sunshine and she took off. But I managed to get a few pictures first.

black swallowtail

The hostas under the kitchen redbud tree look great this year. The redbud suffered from storm damage and has been severely cut back. These may get a tad more sunshine than they are used to, but they were in such dense shade before that they will probably benefit from the extra bit of light.


The Spanish bluebells are almost done blooming. So pretty against the hostas in this dark corner of the garden.

Spanish bluebells and hostas

Hosta ‘Spritzer’ is a very pretty gold hosta with long leaves edged in green.

Hosta 'Spritzer'

The ‘Gold Moss’ sedum is taking over the paths in the fenced garden. We’ll be digging some of it out and putting it elsewhere around the yard. It makes a nice ground cover in sunny, dry places. Later in the season, it will be covered with little yellow star-shaped flowers.


Pink double columbine in the fenced garden is putting on a show.


Peonies are a favorite flower of mine. They’ve started to open this week.

peony bud

I guessed we have about twelve peonies, but when I made a list, I discovered we actually have eighteen different kinds. I’d love to have a few coral colored ones and still want a yellow one someday. They’ve just started to open, so we’ll have peonies for quite a while.

‘Shirley Temple’

Peony 'Shirley Temple'

‘Buckeye Belle’

Peony 'Buckeye Belle'



‘Sorbet’ is also open and I forgot to get a picture of it. It’s my favorite peony. I’ll post pictures in a later post.

The irises are beginning to bloom, too.


Iris 'Congratulations'

‘Feminine Fire’

Iris 'Feminine Fire'

‘Art Deco’

Iris 'Art Deco'

‘Dover Beach’

Iris 'Dover Beach'

This is an unusual iris called ‘Brown Lasso.’

Iris 'Brown Lasso'

This is an exciting time in the garden. Something new to see every day. We have a garden tour coming through next week, and a family weekend here this month, and a church picnic here, too. We’ve had a lot more rain than usual the past month. We are hoping that trend begins to let up so our guests will be able to enjoy the garden and all the beauty it has to offer.

You can visit other gardens at Tootsie Time.



  1. Posted May 5, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    Oh this was so much fun looking at all of your blooms! Beautiful.

  2. Posted May 6, 2011 at 4:18 am | Permalink

    Calling by to visit another participant from Flaunt your Flowers. I was sorry to hear you have been unwell but at least you are able to get outside now and enjoy your garden, you have some of the same plants as us in bloom at the moment. You were so lucky the butterfly posed for you.

  3. Posted May 6, 2011 at 5:03 am | Permalink

    So many lovely flowers! The Irises are just beautiful and the Peonies are wonderful. I do hope you’re feeling a lot better very soon, so you really can get out into the garden.

  4. Posted May 6, 2011 at 5:31 am | Permalink

    Hope you feel better soon. Nice to have such a helpful husband in the gardens, I know I adore mine. Your blooms are just gorgeous!

  5. Posted May 6, 2011 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    Sorry to hear you haven’t been feeling well, hope you’re on the mend soon. Your husband is a dear man, just like mine. The butterfly is so pretty, they look so delicate. I love peonies too, and your ‘Flame’ is stupendous. I’ll have to look around for that one.

  6. Posted May 6, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Oh my!!!! So many pretties! I love the peonies and irises. They are gorgeous. We don’t have much success with Peonies here. How lucky you were to catch the butterfly emerging. Have a great weekend

  7. Posted May 6, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    Your flowers are lovely. And you took a great shot of the Black Swallotail butterfly…beautiful.

  8. Posted May 6, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    Hi i am new here. It looks like a lot of work for your DH, with that photo it may take a while to finish. Your lilies are so beautiful with variations in colors, but that swallowtail is more stunning. thanks.

  9. Karen
    Posted May 7, 2011 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    i LOVE that Shirley Temple Peony. and your iris blooms are stunning. the variety and colors are fabulous.

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