Wednesday, May 21, 2008

This week's flowers and plants

I cannot believe that it has been 10 days since I posted! Work has been busy with starting a new position within the same department, so everything else has been on the back burner.
We have been having such a nice spring. Usually spring in Illinois is winter with the heat running straight to summer with air conditioning.
Containers of tomatoes and peppers waiting to be planted. It has been a little cool at night still (in the 40's) and I am hesitant to plant them out. I don't remember it being so cool this late into May. The plants are looking a little nipped, but the new leaves are doing better. I think the time that I forgot to water them did that. Oops!
This is the first year that my variegated iris has bloomed. Bill cut quite a few low branches out of the trees in the front yard last fall. Maybe that helped. I don't know. I had an apricot colored iris that also bloomed for the first time this year.
These are pictures of the columbine that I started from seed last year. I was glad to see that they made it through the winter and are blooming.

The strawberries are still blooming and starting to show berries. Soon we will be fighting the birds for berry rights!
My lilac is blooming also. It always blooms later than the hedge of old fashioned lilacs. I am not sure if it is a Miss Kim or Dwarf Korean.


ericat said...

nice to meet you. the columbine is it a lily or iris type of plant? I have never seen one that will grow to bloom in one year. Not that I know much about lilies (you can tell ;-D) Our garden is aloes and a few succulents but winter growing bulbs do very well as they do not need water in summer. So I must learn.
Back to your blog I want to pick up some more encouragement.

Jane Marie said...

THat columbine is drop dead gorgeous. I love the deep purple.