I picked up the camera and took a walk around the yard to see what is blooming today..
This unopened iris looks like an alien pod...
I absolutely love old-fashioned bearded iris...can you tell? My Mom always grew them in all colors.
This is a gorgeous purple clematis I've had for several years...just starting to put out its flowers.
One of my hubby's favs...lily of the valley...I always think of Ethel Mertz on "I Love Lucy" singing "I'm Lily...of the Valley..."
Phlox, dianthus or "pinks" as I grew up calling them and an unknown shrub that was here before us...I kept it because I love the little white flowers!
We just planted this small japanese maple...we had some shrubs that were damaged in all the snow and ice we had this winter, so we yanked them out. Behold one of my plant stakes made from old wrought iron fencing embellished with lampwork beads!
Okay, this is just a mess...a couple summers ago, I planted lemon balm because I love the smell, and in Latin, it is means "sweet Melissa" :) Unfortunately, even though it smells divine, it takes over your yard and is really difficult to pull out. I haven't decided what to do with it yet!
I planted this last year and can't remember what it is called, but I love the varigated leaves and pale periwinkle blooms...it loves shade and inhabits the side yard with my hostas.
Thanks for taking a stroll with me...I am going out today to get some annuals to add some more color here and there!