Tuesday, April 28, 2015

First Iris

We have had so much rain (relative to the last few years of drought) that I have had to stop planting and devote my garden time to weeding. I've never seen so many thistle. It's an invasion of tall, scrawny opportunists whose prickles go right through my gloves.
On the bright side, the iris I planted last fall are blooming.
Look at these colors - they will be inspiration for something in the studio! 

Out in the garden house the faint sound of tiny chirps led us to this little nest. Some type of bird found a way under the eaves and built a home on this shelf. I guess I won't be using that Epsom salt for a while, not to mention the small hedge trimmer.

The rains are gradually refilling the lake, washing away the thick stands of beach weeds with amazing ease. Under the dock, barn swallows have built a colony of nests.

Topside the winds have been brisk - kite weather!

The dockside garden is doing well. The shrubs all have new growth, and the yarrow and day lilies are up and looking strong.

One of the roses in this area has doubled in size and is putting on a beautiful show. It's called Bull's Eye.

This is a medium to large size shrub rose whose creamy white blossoms have a distinctive cranberry colored center. One of its claims is extreme resistance to Black Spot Disease. This has certainly proved true for my plant.

Happy gardening everyone!


  1. That iris is so beautiful. Looks like it was hand painted. Enjoy your spring garden. Cheers

  2. What a glorious day in your garden and on the sparkling lake! Your pup looks so handsome with the beautiful backdrop. The Bull's Eye rose is a beauty. Hope you cut several for the house!