bloomin’ tuesday

The weather this week is beautiful. It’s a wonderful change from the rain we had last week. There are so many pretty things to see in the yard right now.

We were given this iris at a nursery after seeing it growing on their property in a bit of a slough. They didn’t know the name.

siberian iris

‘Alabaster Unicorn’ is one of my favorite irises.

Iris 'Alabaster Unicorn'

An interesting thing about this iris is the horned beard. Most iris beards are rounded at the end. This one comes to a sharp point.

iris 'Alabaster Unicorn'

The irises hit their peak this last week. Still beautiful, but not the bountiful fullness of blossoms we had before.

front yard

Some of the early peonies are almost done, but there are plenty of the later ones still in full bloom.


I like this combo of the dark iris ‘Before the Storm’ and the light colored peony.

iris and peony

This rose was given to us by a friend. It’s a rambly brambly thing, but has a wonderful full rosy scent that fills the air.

pink rose

The false indigo is so pretty right now. This is a plant native to the prairie. It needs no care and makes a beautiful addition to the garden. Later in the season, the seed pods will turn black and rattle when shaken. An interesting plant!

false indigo

If DH gets home in time, you will find us “walking the yard,” taking pictures of new blooms, talking about what needs to be moved where, etc.

taking pics

The garden is so pretty in the evening light.

evening light

I’m headed out there now…

You can check out more gardens at Bloomin’ Tuesday! Or stop by and see ours. 🙂



  1. Posted May 19, 2009 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    Your iris and peony are all lovely! Love the dark purple and the ruffly ‘unicorn’. You nust have a very large area to garden, just beautiful, Jean

  2. Posted May 19, 2009 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    Hey Rhonda, Thanks for visiting my blog. I love yours… The Irises are gorgeous. That first one is a Siberian Iris.. I have always called them American Irises. I especially like that white Iris.. WOW!!!!! Your Peonies are so pretty also. I’ve never had Peonies—but they are gorgeous.

    Come back to my blog anytime and I’ll revisit yours.

  3. Posted May 20, 2009 at 12:17 am | Permalink

    I know I’ve told you this before, but you have the most beautiful property! the close up of the white Iris is a great photo.

  4. ~~Rhonda
    Posted May 20, 2009 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    Jean, the yard is about 3.5 acres, but about 1 acre is a little woods. Lots of room to play in the garden!

    Betsy, thanks for stopping by! I really enjoyed your iris pics.

    Aiyana, thank you. Please come again!

    ~~Rhonda 🙂

  5. Posted May 20, 2009 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    How lovely! And so special you and your hubby share this beauty together:)

  6. Posted May 20, 2009 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    I’d say your iris blooms are fantastic alright! My husband and I walk the yard in the evenings too.

  7. Paula
    Posted May 21, 2009 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    Ronda – love your iris. they are amazing.
    I wonder if the indigo plant would grow in Idaho? I love your closeup and scenic shots both – thanks for sharing! Paula

  8. ~~Rhonda
    Posted May 21, 2009 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, all, for the kind comments.

    Paula, the false indigo probably would grow there. It’s good for zones 3-10, and can withstand temps down to -30*F. Here’s a good site for info.

    ~~Rhonda 🙂

  9. Posted May 23, 2009 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    Your Iris are so pretty.
    Mine haven’t bloomed yet.

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