wednesday in the garden

DH and I were able to put in a few hours of yard work yesterday. The weather was wonderful. Mulched a few more flower beds, dug up a butterfly bush that was in a shady spot and moved the two pieces to a sunny location, weeded, and mowed. So nice to be outside!

Beside the back sidewalk is a peony row…

behind the house

…and this one, called ‘Dancing Butterfly,’ is at the end of the row. One of my favorites.

Peony 'Dancing Butterfly'

Last Saturday, DH planted red geraniums in the planter at the back door. They are a cheerful sight as you come up the back steps.

geraniums on the back step

The viburnum hedge on the west side of the yard is just beginning to bloom.


No time for sitting in the fenced garden yesterday morning, though I did sit in the swing for a while after I mowed in the afternoon. 🙂

fenced garden

The peony is ‘Nymph,’ which has proven to be a quick multiplier and nice bloomer in our garden.

Peony 'Nymph'

The lovely scent of honeysuckle is almost overwhelming in some parts of the yard. I wish the plant were not so invasive, choking everything it covers. We work at eradicating it, but it seems a hopeless case. It *is* pretty this time of year. And does smell good!


In the front yard, the beds are still pretty with iris blooms and lots of peonies.

front yard

front yard


This is my mower. Love it! A work horse!

love my mower

The back yard, from the old mulberry tree, looking toward the garage and the playground behind it.

under the mulberry tree

The old, old mulberry tree is a gnarly, twisted thing. We’ve planted quite a few hostas under it. There is a spring that seeps up under the tree and the hostas like the moist cool area.

old, old mulberry tree

Weeding the hostas under the mulberry…a job that doesn’t take long. The hostas are well established and shade out most weeds in the bed. DH took a turn around the edge of the bed, cleaning it up quite a bit.

weeding the hostas under the mulberry

Looks like another beautiful day to spend some time outside. I’ll finish mowing…didn’t do the back yard yesterday. We are expecting a garden club for a garden tour next Wednesday. I’ll probably make a list of things that must-be, should-be, could-be done for that while I’m out there. 🙂



  1. Sarah
    Posted May 21, 2009 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    I just love your plant pictures! I wish I could have a garden, but I only have a little patio 🙂

    Do you have any suggestions for me out here in the desert for a mini garden?

  2. ~~Rhonda
    Posted May 21, 2009 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

    Sarah, how about cacti? 🙂 I know nothing about desert gardening! But I see there is a desert botanical garden in Phoenix.

    It might be a great field trip for ideas. 🙂 ~~Rhonda

  3. Posted May 22, 2009 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    So PRETTY!

    One of these days, I am going to go on a garden tour! I think that would be so FUN!

    I can just imagine all the great ideas people walk away with!

    Such inspiration!

  4. ~~Rhonda
    Posted May 23, 2009 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    Kathy, we’ll have to set up a date and get you over here. Maybe for daylily season? You could pick out some you like and take them home. 🙂 ~~Rhonda

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