Thursday, May 6, 2010

Flaunt your Flowers/Fertilizer Friday

I am having a very busy week, and am not able to do much gardening, but I have been enjoying my yard walks, and taking photos.  I've mentioned some flowers are finished for the season, but new ones are opening daily.

I was only going to post a few this evening, but I found so many new ones blooming, I ended up exporting more than I planned to.  Oh, well, I took a nap after work.  LOL

Starting with the front yard, this iris, one that our daughter-in-law gave us last summer, sure has pretty blooms!  (The first 2 photos are near the curb.)

The Jupiter's beard is loaded with buds.  They are colorful already.

The next photos were taken in the front bed with the black fence.  There were all kinds of wonderful scents this evening.  The dianthus, iris, and stocks are all fragrant blooms.

For some reason, I had this silver leaved dianthus in the middle of one of the flower beds.  I divided it early this spring, and put the clumps near each other by the edge.  One is struggling, but this one is full of buds, several of which have opened.

The stock plants I bought came with 2 plants in each spot.  Since it's a mix, they are all different colors.  I was going to cut out the ones I decided not to keep, but they are all so pretty, I think I'm going to try to cut them out and replant them.  The blooms on the left were the reason I picked the ones I did, because I loved that color, but now that the other plant's blooms are open, I like them even better.

These are the other reblooming iris in the bed with the yellow ones.  There is a blue tinge to them that isn't noticeable from the photos.

Walking around to the east side of the house, I saw my first daylily of the season!  Most won't open until July.  This is a passalong plant I've had a number of years.  It's supposed to be a rebloomer, but I seem to cut off the stems that have the new buds on them, thinking they are faded blooms. 

The baptisias are starting to show color.

The catmint blooms are opening, too.

Say hello, to my first open amsonia bloom of the season!

The pretty short blue iris that I'd rescued are almost finished blooming, but their friends who came with them are ready for their turn brightening up the curb area in front of the veggie garden.  When the irs are all finished, the daylilies who also came with them will have their turns.  I love the dark color of these.  They look almost black in person.

Isn't this a beauty?

As I went back to the front to go in the house, I noticed the pink sweet rocket I got from my sister's yard a few years ago is blooming.

To see more Friday blooms or see how to post yours, go to Tootsie's blog by clicking on the Fertizer Friday/Flaunt your Flowers button in my sidebar.  I fertilized with Coop Poop this spring.  I need to turn my compost so I can put some of that around.  (You don't have to talk about whether you fertilize or not if you want to post, but put a link to Tootsie's blog if you participate.)


  1. What beautiful flowers and photos!

  2. I live through your irises which I miss

    Stock is such a lovely plant

  3. All of your flowers are just beautiful....slow down a little!

  4. What amazing flowers you have and so many already! Thanks for sharing, Paula in Idaho

  5. Good morning Sue. Hey girl, naps are very important LOL!
    Your irises are so pretty. I love the blue tinged one. So that is what Stock really looks like. I will never try to seed them again. So slow to grow.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Girl you got it going on there. You have some awesome iris's and so are the daylilies. I've never heard of the 'stock' plant. They are stunning. I'll have to check them out. Happy Mothers Day and have a super weekend.

  7. That 1st Iris is just stunning! My plain purple bearded Iris is just finishing up, but I'm waiting for a special one to start blooming. Your Baptisia looks further along than mine, which is just starting to show color in the buds.

  8. I love your irises. I will definitely be adding those to the garden. I live in southern california zone 10...when do you think I should plant them?

  9. I enjoy your walks through your Beautiful like I am there with you...only I miss the lovely smell.....
    Prayers, Bo

  10. Wow, I can see why you ended up with more pictures than you intended! Spring is everywhere in your yard. Beautiful.

  11. Your irises are gorgeous! My stocks have just started to bloom; I will have to remember to include them in the next FYFF.

  12. I have looked at this post and the one you posted for Sunday...all I have to say is that it is beautiful! I wish I could tour in person!
    I am so glad you have joined in on FF this week...thank you. I hope you will share with my meme again soon!
    Spring is finally showing herself here and I get to start hardening off my flowers this soon I will have something growing outside too!


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