Spring is Springing

Apparently the winter was good for iris. That, or they have decided to take over the world. And if not the world, the flowerbeds will do.

Iris with an adoring fan. These are in the back garden, where they have some room to sprawl, because they do.

Some wall flowers, which were found stuffed off in a corner of the WalMart™ garden center last year and brought home to an appreciative home.

The iris are from the local iris society, which has an annual mix-n-match sale.

Iris and columbine, both of which like to take over if you turn your back on them.
Speaking of taking over, the usual suspect (salvia) is taking over the front flowerbed. Again. It needs to be trimmed back, lest it eat all of North America.
The dreaded Lesser Garden Shark stalks the penstemon.

RedQuarters aims for a sort of “native plant cottage garden” look. At least that’s the official designation. It’s more “color that won’t die instantly” in real world terms.

A new arrival. We swore off new roses this year. That lasted ten minutes.
Old faithful Gertrude Jekyll, aka Gertrude, still going strong after 30+ years.
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12 thoughts on “Spring is Springing

  1. I love roses. I have the scars to prove it. Another English rose that has stood the test of time in my garden is Graham Thomas, a lovely buttery yellow.

    • Yellow roses do not do well at RedQuarters. Even Harrison’s Yellow staggered along, then failed. Yellow Knockout(TM) roses also died after two years. I’m not sure what it is with yellows.

      • The ancestors of today’s yellow roses came from a part of the world where winters are mild. Yellow roses have the reputation of being less hardy, but my Graham Thomas has survived subzero temperatures (it is own-root, not grafted, and was well mounded up). It froze back to the covering, but gets pruned in the spring anyway, so…
        I also like the Griffith Buck roses, which were bred for hardiness.

      • Now that the lilac bushes are starting to end dormancy, I have to look to see if the yellow rose entwined in one is going to do anything. It was 15 years before we knew it was there, and the bush is about 100 years old.

  2. This is the year where I need to dig out the volunteer clumps of lesser irises and other bulbs. Looks like they went to seed, and landed in odd places. Other perennials are finally grown in, filling beds.

  3. Lovely photos! Our tulips are up and the rhododendrons are starting to bloom. Still too cold up here to plant our starts.

  4. Dang it, I want a horned lizard statue even more than I want flowers, now.

    (Iowa doesn’t seem to have horney toads.)

    • Horned frog garden statue brings up some interesting search results. I found this one at a local garden stuff store.

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