flower friday

I’ve been sick this week and spent more than two days in a recliner. Didn’t get back outside to take pictures of the garden until today. But this morning was beautiful, so I enjoyed being able to get outside. I also spent some time on the east porch. Am reading Thomas Merton’s The Seven Storey Mountain which has been fascinating. I may head back out for more of that in a little while…

Here are some pictures from this morning. The lilacs are at their peak.

Old purple lilacs from the family farm.

lilacs from the family farm

Lilac ‘Sensation’

Lilac 'Sensation'

Lilac ‘Charles Joly’

Lilac 'Charles Joly'

The redbud blossoms are waning, and the leaves are beginning to grow.

redbud tree

the redbuds are leafing out

The leaves on the redbud ‘Forest Pansy’ are a purple/red color. Very pretty, adding interest to the tree after the flowers are gone.

redbud 'Forest Pansy'

The old-fashion white irises opened this week. That’s the hosta ‘Spritzer’ to the right and Honesty (Money Plant) behind the irises.

under the east redbud

This old purple iris came from DH’s family farm, where it has grown for years. It’s one of our earliest irises.

vintage iris

Also blooming this week is the dwarf iris ‘What Again.’ It’s about 8″ tall.

dwarf iris 'What Again'

And dwarf iris ‘Baby Blessed’ is blooming, too. It blooms early and is a great rebloomer in our garden.

dwarf iris 'Baby Blessed'

The wood phlox is one of my favorite spring flowers.

wood phlox

It’s thick under the apple tree.

Sweet William under the apple tree

Columbine is beginning to bloom.


In a day or two, the green blossoms on the snowball bush will be larger and bright white.

snowball bush

In the front yard, the last of the daffodils, late blooming ‘Cheerfulness’ looks beautiful above Candytuft ‘Snowflake.’

white on white

The hostas are looking great, too.

‘Squash Casserole’

Hosta 'Squash Casserole'


Hosta 'Liberty'

‘Pineapple Upside Down Cake’

Hosta 'Pineapple Upside Down Cake'

‘Journey’s End’

Hosta 'Journey's End'

And my personal favorite…’June.’

Hosta 'June'

A few shots from around the yard…

west front yard

Spring Beauties in the lawn


under the mulberry tree

I hope you enjoyed the look at our garden. If you would like to see what’s blooming in other gardens, check out Fertilizer Friday.



  1. Posted April 18, 2010 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    it is all so pretty! this must be the week for Lilacs…I can’t wait for mine to open…thank you so much for linking in!

  2. Posted April 21, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    Love your lilacs! Ours don’t bloom until Memorial Day – it amazes me that your’s are already so beautiful! Love your Iris too. Thanks for sharing, Paula from Idaho

  3. Posted April 23, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    Wow, you’ve got a really gorgeous yard. I really enjoyed the tour. The lilacs are beautiful. It looks like you really work hard and enjoy your gardening. Thanks for sharing.

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