Glorious Garden Glimpses

I’ve been absent from blogging lately — the weather and gardens have been calling me outdoors. I like lush gardens with varying leaves and textures and colors all overlapping each other. Because my plants are still emerging and most of our garden areas are young, the gardens have yet to grow to that full lush point, so here I offer glimpses …

Geum and lime creeping jenny:

Yellow bearded iris, clematis, allium and geranium not yet blooming:

This is a shade garden — Red October hosta with floppy leaves, purple leafed heuchera, blooming columbine in the distance, and Chaai cat who had just emerged from hiding under “his hosta.” If you ever can’t find him, look under the hosta:

Garden view from the family room window:

Tree peony with variegated hosta in the background:

Painted Japanese fern:


Red stems of Red October hosta:


Variegated iris leaves:

Siberian iris:

Geum and Siberian iris (so glad their bloom times overlapped a bit):

Irish moss and iron garden ornament:

I love contrasting foliage in shade gardens:

Tree peony. Flowers so fleeting:

Many colors in a caramel heuchera:

Emerging orangey fronds of autumn painted fern:

Bearded iris, allium, clematis:

The master of the gardens, supervising the works in progress. Does he approve? The catnip does need to come along faster, he says:

Stepping stones, every garden needs some:

Armillary sphere:

Baptisia and honeysuckle:

Siberian iris, baptisia and honeysuckle. This all needs time to grow and fill in:

Siberian iris against lime Irish moss:

Peonies. This is just one slice of a big old peony plant with five peony stands holding it all straight up right now. The flowers are at prime time today! But tonight a severe storm is forecast and I fear the peonies won’t be like this tomorrow:

Garden master Chaai and his stomping grounds:

River of bearded iris. I love when this river of lavender visits us for a short time each spring. It reminds me of the rivers of bearded iris atop long stone walls in Tuscany:

Views from inside the house:

I don’t like being in here at this time of year. So, headed back outside …

(These photos were all taken with an iPhone and Instagram app)

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