I enjoy taking these Mother's Day rose pictures as I remember my mother, wife, and daughters. It's my rose bouquet for them and all mothers. Since it was only light rain today I took these pics before the heavy rain moves in tonight and tomorrow.
The bearded Iris put on quite a show the last couple of weeks. Just a few blooms now but it was a riot of color. I took these after the rain last weekend. Some were too water soaked to get a good picture but these 10 held up to the heavy rain.
These last two pics are of the Japanese Snow Bell tree. It is very fragrant and filled the yard with a delicate scent. The blooms drop in 3-5 days...wish they held longer.
It seemed like Spring would arrive early when I last posted. March was a roller coaster of temperature swings. A couple of hard freezes that burned the early rose growth and knocked most of the hydrangeas down to the crown. I think all will recover though. This is what is blooming in garden the last two weeks. I love tulips and though this is not a good zone for them I treat them as annuals. The red tulips were blooming today...planted them late from a big box clearance in January.
Azaleas are in full and dramatic bloom.
It was a great year for daffodils. The warm weather in February got them off to an early start and then the cool weather in March kept the blooms looking good for an extended time.
Both the creeping and woodland phlox had a prolonged bloom this year. Again it was the cooler than normal March.
My old dwarf weeping crabapple has a very sparse bloom this year. This happened a couple of years ago too but it recovered the next year. Maybe it just needs to rest.
I love dogwoods...so delicate.
After moving them twice the Solomon's Seal has found the spot to flourish. The foliage stands out in the garden.
The white camellia does not seem to have been hurt by the late frost.
It's been awhile since I've posted to my blog...I took a sabbatical. Now I didn't stop gardening. I just took a breather from blogging. Gardening is my dirt therapy and keeps me centered. But it' time to talk about the Spring garden. It's early...about 3 weeks earlier than normal. I always marvel at the lushness of new spring growth and the freshness of the flowers after a dull and mostly colorless winter. I've seen each of these blooms many times but it always seems like the first time all over again. I took these pics of daffodil clumps before the 10 minute hail storm this weekend.
This first camellia is a tall slender variety and is stunning this year. The other is a late winter bloomer. The hail storm knocked off the freeze burned flowers.
Finally the edgeworthia shrub is getting some height to it. The bloom is at it's peak now.
Lenten rose's are slowly opening..this one is in full bloom.
I've got four Mahonia's but they did not bloom as generously this year.
Loropetalum is starting to bloom too.
Nothing can compare to a Star Magnolia..I wish the blooms lasted longer.
The yellow Magnolia in my front yard shows hail damage.
I'd like this Lily of the Valley shrub get a little more growth..it is a very slow grower.
I covered the Bears Breech during hard freezes hoping I'd give it a head start and maybe it would bloom this year. The hail did some real damage but it will recover.
And lastly I picked up some bag roses at Walmart this week. The pic below is #1 and #1½ bare root Double Delight after I removed the bags and filler material. The rose on the left is the #1 and was $3 more than the one on the right. I plan to plant them side by side and see if the grade makes that much difference. The root structure on the #1½ looks bigger but they aren't graded on root structure.