flowers for auntie

Because they’re from her! Some years ago Auntie sent me iris rhizomes from her Long Island garden (she was moving to Florida). They looked good for a year or so, but then didn’t seem to be doing much. So last spring I moved them. And look,
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(embiggen to see all the buds… that’s bee balm in the back)

Auntie says she misses her northern flower gardens…

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I moved things around in the bed they were in, and look, more there too!
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That’s a weeping katsura tree, slightly out of its growing zone, but the front yard is protected and generally warm compared to the surrounding area. The rhododendron is looking good this year (it seems to look really good every other year), even though just about every year I hack off a third of it because it grows right next to the steps and can crowd out access to the door!


Here’s the other side of the front steps,
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The bird feeder hook got all bent out of shape over the winter when parts of the pine tree fell on it. But it still works… or would if I put seed in the feeders.

There’s some volunteer hosta and ferns in there, purple coneflower, horehound, some yellow thing in the back, tulips earlier in the year, and lots of these,
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(weeds too, but we’ll ignore those)

Hosta from my brother’s house in Massachusetts… I think these things are fertile. There are baby hosta around them, and I think that at least some of the volunteers in the other bed are from this,
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And lastly, out front, multiflora rose on the other bank (along with lots of other stuff, including lots of weeds). I figure it’s good protection for the woodpile, even though it’s invasive. Because we have unusual neighbors…
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8 Responses so far

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    Chris said,

    June 3, 2009 @ 7:14 pm


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    Blogless Carrie said,

    June 3, 2009 @ 9:12 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful flowers and garden!! It’s fun to see so much stuff grow, and neat that you figured some stuff out around better growing conditions for your irises. Things are quite lush over here, too – great fun to see what’s developing, even if I understand less of it. Planted some impatiens this evening – hoping to get to veggies and the other flowers soon….

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    Tanya said,

    June 3, 2009 @ 9:38 pm

    gorgeous greenery!

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    kmkat said,

    June 3, 2009 @ 10:03 pm

    Oh, how I wish my back didn’t prevent me from being upright for more than 10-15 minutes at a time! I would duplicate your landscaping. Gorgeous.

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    Vicki said,

    June 4, 2009 @ 1:19 pm

    Lovely! We have some of the same iris varieties (old, parchment looking — love ‘em!) and that glorious hosta — is a Francis Williams, I believe. Nice of you to post them for and share the loveliness with your aunt.
    ; )

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    Sara said,

    June 4, 2009 @ 4:53 pm

    Gorgeous flowers…I’ve never seen any iris’s that look like those…they are so pretty.

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    Molly Bee said,

    June 4, 2009 @ 4:57 pm

    Hush about those weeds! I loves me some lilly of the valley!

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    Emily said,

    June 4, 2009 @ 9:58 pm

    Weeds? What weeds? I don’t see any.

    (If I don’t see your weeds, I can’t see mine, right?)

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