between irises and daylilies

Bearded iris season is over, though we have a few late blossoms here and there. The Siberian and Louisiana irises are beginning to bloom. We don’t have nearly the number of those that we have of the others. Daylilies are just beginning to send up scapes and buds. There are a few blooming. In a few weeks, daylily season will be well under way!


Hemerocallis 'Bitsy'

‘Stella D’Oro’ is a larger flower than ‘Bitsy’ and more melon colored than the yellow of ‘Bitsy.’

hemerocallis 'Stella D'oro'

The rhododendron in the back yard just opened its blossoms. It’s much later than the one by the front porch. I don’t know the name of this one, but I love the dark buds that open to a pale pink.


In the fenced garden, the larkspur is beginning to open. The larkspur just showed up in the garden a few years ago. Seeds must have come in on something we bought, or a bird dropped them in the garden…not sure, but they are a welcome addition, reseeding themselves each year. And easily pulled out if they become too plentiful. 🙂


The coneflowers are beginning to bloom, too.

purple coneflower

Our catalpa tree blooms about two weeks after the other catalpas in town. Another week or so and it will be covered in creamy white blossoms that remind me of orchids.


The butterflies are busy!

cabbage butterfly

After the primroses are done blooming we’ll remove them from the path through this part of the garden. But they are too pretty to take out before they bloom. Next year they’ll be back. It’s hard to discourage them. 🙂

evening primrose

The coreopsis is in full bloom. It’s concentrated on the west side of the driveway where it has seeded itself all along the drive. We plan to move some of that into the flowerbeds on the east side of the front yard.


The bellflowers are blooming in the back yard. We don’t have many of these pretty flowers. I need to get more.

bell flower

There’s more blooming today than I had guessed. But the yard does look bare of bloom, overall, compared to a few weeks ago. A group of ladies from a garden club came by for a tour Wednesday afternoon, and I felt bad that so little was blooming. But they came to see hostas and we have a lot of those. 🙂 Here are a few…

‘Fried Bananas’

Hosta "Fried Bananas"

‘Krossa Regal’

Hosta "Krossa Regal"

‘Blue Jay’

Hosta "Blue Jay"

‘Pineapple Upside Down Cake’

Hosta 'Pineapple Upside Down Cake'

‘Love Pat’

Hosta 'Love Pat'

In a few weeks…lots of daylilies. 🙂



  1. Posted May 30, 2009 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Your gardens are amazing. You must have lots of room to have so many. Great pictures! 🙂

  2. ~~Rhonda
    Posted May 30, 2009 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    Thanks for stopping by, Laurie. DH and I both enjoy the garden. It’s a great hobby to share. We have 3.5 acres of yard (long and narrow, with the house not quite halfway back) and about half of the yard is garden. We have some open space behind the house and about an acre of woods at the very back. ~~Rhonda

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