Yesterday, I was able to work outside and the sun felt so good! I was surprised how many flowers were blooming right in front of me and I’ve been too busy to notice.
One of my all time favorite flowers is Allium ‘Globemaster’.
To enjoy this flower in the spring, you must plant the bulb in the fall. They are perennials and ‘Globemaster’ has the largest bloom of the Alliums.
They also look great with the iris
Speaking of dianthus, I planted this Dianthus barbatus (Sweet William) last year. No blooms last year (which was expected), but this year has been very good! I had no idea what colors to expect, but so far I love them all.
The Iris I have were given to me by a lady named Anna. We were talking about plants that have been in our families for years and these white iris was one of those plants she generously shared with me. I call them Anna’s iris since she didn’t know the species. They are a very tall iris and it was placed at the back of the flowerbed. They really glow at sundown.
The pale yellow iris in front was given to me by my aunt. They were in her yard for at least 35+ years and I hope they will stay in mine twice that long.
My great grandmother’s peonies are very close to blooming. They pretty much bloom like clock work around Mother’s Day. Peonies can live a long time and considering they were once my great grandmother’s, I’m guessing they are at least 90 years old.
Can you see the ants on the unopen bloom? My grandmother always told me that you need ants help the flower bloom.
In reality, the peony secretes a nectar that ants just love!
Amsonia hubrichtii or Arkansas Bluestar is also blooming. This shrub is so dependable for me. Tiny, blue flowers show up in the spring, then will give way to small fern-like leaves and in the fall those leaves turn bright yellow. That’s a lot for one shrub to do!
Salvia ‘Rose Queen’ is already blooming, too. If you are looking for a plant that blooms all summer, you need to check out the perennial salvias. I like flowers that like to work all summer for me and then come back year after year.
The Rue came back!! I was told it probably wouldn’t so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw it. This is a host plant for the swallowtails so they should be happy, too.
This are pics of rue last summer. It was by far a favorite for swallowtail egg laying.
And here is something I’m excited about.
Growing peaches in Arkansas is tough. Usually we get a late freeze when the trees are blooming (which we did). Al was kind enough to cover our trees with sheets and it looks like it worked. Good job, Al.
It’s the little things that make me happy.
What have you got blooming in your garden?