Meanwhile, why I was away (11 days) my gardens burst out in blooms… here's what I came home to...
My Salvia are blooming, making bursts of purple dotted throughout my garden (I have several of these). As long as I keep trimming off the expended blooms this will keep blooming all through Summer. The Bees are very happy to see these...
My Geraniums have also started to bloom… these will get overgrown & have to be thinned once or twice, these also will continue to bloom as long as I don't let them get overgrown, but the blooms will be lesser later in the season.
My Bridal Veil Spirea is blooming nicely this year… last year I trimmed in Spring & didn't get any blooms, lesson learned, trim in Fall.
|Bridal Veil Spirea|
|Bridal Veil Spirea closeup|
My Carnival Weigela is starting to bloom, though most blooms are still closed… my other Weigela hasn't opened its blooms yet… the Carnival variety is known for its varied bloom color.
|Carnival Weigela closeup|
My Paperwhites survived my abuse & are now blooming… this makes me happy!! I had started these as an indoor project over winter, they had grown but never bloomed, then died off… I thought they were hopeless… Imagine my delight to find that they decided to live, grow, and bloom after being planted in the garden. What a special treat to discover on my return!!
This patch of Iris (one of my favorite flowers) is the result of a gift from a neighbor… her's were overgrown last year & I happily took her cast-aways… now I have Iris growing in my garden… Yeah!! My yellow variety are in full bloom, my purple ones are just starting...
|My Iris patch|
|Yellow Iris closeup|
|Purple Iris closeup|
Strawberries!! These lovelies came back volunteer… and they're getting huge!! Lots more blooms since I left, hope that means I'll get lots more Strawberries this year!!