Sunday, May 30, 2010

A Hodegepodge

Here is a hodgepodge of what's been blooming here for the last couple of weeks.

The Polyantha 'Caldwell Pink'

A seedling; not tagged, so it could be a combination of anything: Gallica, Alba, Moss... maybe
I need to search harder for that label.. The seeds were sent by a lady with a zone 4 garden.

Louisiana iris 'Sinfonietta'

'Hippolyte', planted in the wild end of the big perennial bed.
'Hippolyte' starts with pink buds, opens to a vivid deep fuchsia color

and then darkens to shades of purple and slate as it ages.

A view of the neighbor's pasture and horses. Those brown skeletons
on the neighbor's side belong to some yellow-flowering legume.

Rosa palustris scandens, foxglove beardtongue, spiderworts
that just finished their first round of bloom, Japanese iris that
haven't bloomed yet, a Knockout rose, and behind that a witch hazel.

Carolina Bush Pea, now almost finished, was in its prime about 10 days ago.

A mecca for bees.

Larkspur next to the vegetable garden

Hardy amarylis, also next to the vegetable garden

Iris japonica by the hay shelter.

Bee resting on Penstemon 'Midnight'

I hope you are enjoying the weekend.


  1. Oh my gosh, another round of wonderful pictures. I always feel like I go on a mini country vacation when you post pictures of your lovely peaceful surroundings. Everything looks wonderful in spite of the heat.

    Enjoy your weekend ~ FlowerLady

  2. What a wonderful assortment of beautiful flowers!!

  3. The foxglove with the little roses behind it looks stunning - a perfect cottage border. Enjoy the weekend too!

  4. Oh I am so jealous! I don't have nearly as much going on in my garden. Yours has to be one of the most beautiful in blog land. Carla

  5. Some Hodgepodge! Gorgeous blooms and photos... What wonderful neighbors you have to supply such a lovely view. I love the second and last photos!

  6. So much happening at your place while spring slows down to let summer gather its breath to get going. I love those yellow spikes of Carolina bush pea.

  7. Love the predominant color in these photos (PINK!!) It looks great on everything blooming in your garden. Your Caroline Pea sure is gorgeous. The blooms didn't last long tho, did they?? (at least it doesn't seem like it to me) They (like Baptisia) remind me of lupines ~ maybe they're in the same family?
    Can't believe you still have a pansy blooming ~ hasn't it been in the 90's??!! Mine look good but we've hardly had anything temperatures that could be called hot!
    It's a good weekend here ~ going by too fast tho! Hope you're having a good one too.

  8. Great photos - I almost feel I could reach out and touch the petals of the roses. As a northern gardener, I always get excited when I see exotic plants like amaryllis growing in garden beds. Here they are my Christmas and January windowsill colour.

  9. Thanks for all that great info on the legumes SB. I thought they looked like they were related! I knew you knew the answer. :-)
    Have a great day.

  10. Great little hodgepodge!

    Love the colour of that Penstemon

  11. As always, love all the color in your garden. A friend of mine has a Carolina bush pea, which I didn't realize was hardy here in MI, that she was impressed I could ID. I told her I'd seen it in your blog. (Though she doesn't blog and doesn't really get why I do, lol.)

  12. Gail ( 31, 2010 at 8:33 PM

    I wrote a blog post last month about a mystery rose I have that I call Lucky's Rose.
    After seeing your picture of Hippolyte, I think I have solved the mystery. If you have a chance, check out my picture at and see if you agree.
    I've long thought it might be a Gallica due to the weird flat topped buds.
    Gail (Yardflower)

  13. You always have such amazing variety of blooms. I really love that second photo of the flower with unusual markings - not one I'm familiar with.

  14. Wow! The hardy Amaryllis really caught my eye.

    The Carolina Bush Pea -- luv it.


  15. I love the penstemon, wish it was more available in my area. Your foxgloves are thriving, you have the same ones I do.

    Everything looks so lush and healthy. My gallicas are finally blooming--after four years of being moved around the yard.

  16. I am so jealous of your foxgloves and larkspur--I can't seem to get either one to stick around here. Every time I visit here I see something new; you have such a variety of blooms, Sweet Bay. The Carolina Bush Pea is certainly an interesting bloom, and the photo of the iris is prize-worthy!

  17. You have so many beautiful blooms! I love the way Hippolyte shades into purple as it ages! The photo of rosa palustris and knockout with the horse in the background is idyllic!

  18. The weekend was lovely as was your delightful 'hodgepodge' post. Thank you!

  19. Your flowers and your photographs always amaze me. They are so beautiful. I've left a challenge for you on my blog! :)

  20. A series of delightful images! I love your color combination of flowers because I do just that myself!Pinks and lavenders and blues..oh YES!!Gorgeous roses!!!!
    Have a wonderful day enjoying your garden!hugs anna


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