I haven't been diligent about blogging about our yard. It has been really quite lovely this spring since we've had so much rain. This is the best year we've ever had for irises; there are some we had that I didn't actually know what color they were. Obviously, we hadn't been watering them enough.
These purple irises actually used to be in our front yard, but when we planted the rain garden and shaded them, they actually migrated to the property line with our neighbor. I love the color.
These johnny jump-ups are a volunteer from the plants I put in last year. This is a good spot for them.
We got these two-tone irises from our neighbor, Donaleen. This is the first year I've seen the flowers on them. She thought they were the Iris 'Perfection'
variety introduced before 1880.
I'm actually a little confused about this iris variety. I ordered several from Schreiner's Iris Gardens
but this plant doesn't match any of the varieties I ordered, so perhaps it was a freebie from a neighbor. I did get a few plants from our local buy-nothing group. It looks very much like the Oui Madame variety
I've been making a point of ordering more of the Pacific Iris varieties as they seem to do better in our shady yard. This Iris x pacifica ‘Violetta’
is looking lovely this year.
This Iris x pacifica 'Big Wheel'
has been looking lovely for several weeks.
The rest of the iris plants around the yard are ready to burst into the flower so I look forward to next week as well.
This old-fashioned bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis 'Gold Heart'
) has looked amazing for several weeks. All the rest of the bleeding heart plants in the hidden garden died, but this one is thriving in its location.
I have more photos and more pretty plants, but I'm tired and need to head to bed. I do hope the rain keeps up because our plants are loving it.