rain, rain, sunshine, rain, rain, rain, rain, rain…

The forecast is for a lot of rain the next seven days. I took advantage of the one sunshiny day to get outside, enjoy the garden, and mow the yard.

dogwood and phlox

Under the apple trees, there is a large and spreading colony of wild blue phlox, also called wild Sweet William in these parts.

wild phlox under the apple trees

wild phlox

The bridal wreath spirea is beautiful right now. A week of rain will be the end of it for this season. I often see spireas sheared off, not allowing them to take their natural spray form. A shame for such a beautiful shrub!

Bridal Wreath spirea

Bridal Wreath spirea

The Honesty is blooming all over the yard. Also known as “money plant,” it is easy to get started. It self-sows and will be in the garden for many years. After the plants have bloomed, set seeds, and dried, we pull the plants and throw them into areas of the garden or woods where we’d like to see the pretty purple blooms in the spring. The seeds don’t have to be planted. Just drop them where you want them. Being a biennial, it will take two years to bloom and you have to take care not to pull out the non-flowering plants the first year, but after that, there will be blooms every year.

Honesty plant in the hosta bed

Honesty and Hosta ‘Emerald Tiara’…isn’t this a pretty combination? I love the way the bright yellow-green compliments the purple.

Honesty over Hosta 'Emerald Tiara'

The Bleeding Heart is pretty with the Honesty, too.

Honesty and Bleeding Hearts

We have columbine in a lot of the garden beds around the yard. It’s just beginning to bloom. This plant is a bit ahead of the others.


Candytuft ‘Snowflake’…I wish we had more of this. It’s a pretty front of the border plant with bright white flowers.

candytuft 'Snowflake'

These happy little flowers just pop up where ever…Johnny-Jump-Ups…even their name is happy.


I did spy the garden fox this afternoon. But as soon as he? she? saw me, it flashed back into the den. Just look at that bright little face.

garden fox

I hope you are finding old friends and new surprises in your own garden.

Enjoy other gardens at Tootsie’s Fertilizer Friday.



  1. Posted April 22, 2011 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    I just loved all your blooms. What beauty you have all around you. I must say though I really did adore that patch of Candytuft and those drifts of Wild Blue Phlox. Your little visitor with the inquisitive look caught my eye too!

  2. Posted April 22, 2011 at 4:15 am | Permalink

    Your blooms are so pretty and I love the natural setting in which they grow…be careful of that fox..if he stops being skittish, call someone to come pick him up.

  3. Mary
    Posted April 22, 2011 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden through pictures! Wish we could visit it in person.

  4. Posted April 22, 2011 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    Thanks, Bernieh and Darla, for your comments. Our front yard is more structured with garden beds and the back yard is more natural, with a bit of woods at the very back. Yes, the foxes are cute, but we are careful. As soon as the babies are gone, we’re closing up the den and discouraging them from being so close to the house. There are plenty of other places for them to live nearby. ~~Rhonda 🙂

  5. Posted April 22, 2011 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    {{{{Mary}}}} Next time you’re in town, come by. Let me know ahead of time and we’ll invite some Bethelites over and have a party. 🙂 BTW, speaking of Bethelites and parties, the spring picnic is May 22. Hope you can come!! ~~Rhonda

  6. Posted April 22, 2011 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    You’ve got beauty all over. I love the bridal bush. And the Johnny Jump Ups are so pretty.

  7. Posted April 22, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Very pretty flowers, and wow! You have a resident fox! You’re right, that bridal wreath spirea looks so much better in it natural form.

  8. Posted April 22, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    That fox is so cute, but scary too. Love all of your pics.

  9. Posted April 22, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    I am amazied that you have so many flowers in bloom already! I stil have snow in corners! My first daffodil is nearly ready to open all the way – your gardens amaze me! Paula

  10. Posted April 23, 2011 at 1:55 am | Permalink

    Lovely blooms. It is so sad when the rain spoils the beauty of the flowers. That is why we should carry our compact p+s each time we are out in the garden!

  11. Posted April 25, 2011 at 1:10 am | Permalink

    Your johnny jumps ups reminds me of the candy tuft flowers that I have in my garden. 🙂 Fantastic pictures you got here though. Been busy for Easter. Sorry for my late visit but my post is not late 🙂 Hope you can visit my Fertilizer Friday here.

  12. Posted April 29, 2011 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    it is SO pretty there!!! thanks for linking in…sorry I am so late to visit!

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