irises and peonies and hostas, oh my!

I haven’t been able to get out much this spring, but managed to today. The irises and peonies are beautiful right now. And the hostas…well, some survived last summer’s drought and are looking great…some didn’t make it. We need to do an inventory to figure out how much and what we lost.

spring garden

I really love dark irises. This is a beautiful dark purple called ‘Edge of Night.’ We have another called ‘Before the Storm’ that is even darker, almost black.

Iris 'Edge of Night'

The iris ‘Brown Lasso’ has always been short in our garden. Until this year. It shot way up.

Iris 'Brown Lasso'

‘Alabaster Unicorn’ is unusual in that it has horned beards. They come to a point instead of being rounded and fluffy like other bearded irises.

Iris 'Alabaster Unicorn'

A pretty orange one is ‘Feminine Fire.’

Iris 'Feminine Fire'

This clump was particularly pretty today. It’s called ‘Congratulations.’

Iris 'Congratulations'

Along the front of the yard, peonies and irises mix. These beds will be full of daylily blooms soon.

front border

In the back yard, the peonies mix with pink columbine for a pretty show.

peonies and columbine

The hostas look lush right now. This one is ‘Journey’s End.’

Hosta 'Journey's End'

‘June’ is a popular hosta. Mid-sized to small, it has a beautiful pattern of blue-green and gold.

Hosta 'June'

‘Blue Cadet,’ with columbine, grows near the back door.

Hosta 'Blue Cadet'

‘Thunderbolt’ is a rugged hosta that should attain a clump size about twice what it is now.

Hosta 'Thunderbolt'

‘Squash Casserole,’ shown here under a Japanese maple, is one of my favorites. It is a vigorous grower in our garden and holds its pretty gold color all summer.

Hosta 'Squash Casserole'

The hosta ‘Fried Bananas’ is another nice gold one. Here it shares a redbud tree with a clump of Sweet William.

Hosta 'Fried Bananas'

If you’re local, drive through or stop by, and enjoy the irises and peonies. They will be done blooming and the garden will move on to daylily season before we know it.

front yard


One Comment

  1. genny
    Posted May 18, 2013 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    Wish I could drive though….

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