Allium bulgaricum (Nectaroscordum)

These funky plants are just the thing if you want something funky in your garden.   They are in the allium family and are bulbs.   They are very cool at all stages of development.  They  are all twisty when they first come up  and then the buds swell….

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then they stretch out

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then they start to unfurl

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opening a bit more

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ta da!

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close up of the blossom.. aren’t they cool?

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Old man willow

Well the old guy finally came down today…  its always hard to watch a part of the landscape disappear, but the tree was rotted out and was in danger of falling on someone or something.   Unfortunately, he had to come down…….

 

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Siberian Iris

The glorious bearded iris are still going strong but the Siberian Iris are sharing in the show.   I have lots of different kinds inherited from many people.  The center of the clumps die out eventually so I dig them up, move them around and give some away.

 

This one was here when we moved in..  I like the bud phase.

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Here it is in bloom – morning light and a bit overexposed

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These used to be up in the main garden.  We transplanted them along the garage when we built it in 2012.  The iris have been very happy here.

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A very full clump

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Some more buds

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Same grouping in bloom.. these came from friend Peg

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These shorter ones came from friend Kate M.

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I think I got this from a garden club sale.. love the bright yellow

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Lupine

The lupine are here at last.  When we moved in there was a lawn area on the east side of the house. It wasn’t great grass anyway and burned out in the summer.  It seemed like a waste to mow it so we stopped.  There were lots of lupine in the garden so we took the seed pods and scattered them over the area.  The next year they came up and year after year the meadow changed.  More lupine grew and so did lots of other things.. some good and some bad.  We have it mowed once a year in November and knock the whole thing down.  We do mow a winding path through it (a la Sissinghurst in England).  This allows me to get up close with the plants and less of a chance I may encounter my least favorite creepy crawlies.  I wouldn’t say this is the best lupine year we’ve had, but its pretty nice.  If you live nearby.. come over and stroll the meadow..

 

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Colorpallooza – Rhodys and azaleas

The murk continues this morning.  Foggy, cool, gray, heavy rain.  Looks like a nice weekend coming up but until then.. here’s some rhododendrons and azaleas to cut though the gloom.

 

This tangerine number came with the house

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Looks great against the weathered gray fence

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This orange one also came with the house

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Together they are quite a sight

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A spot of pink in the hillside – sundappled so the color is a little off

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The ones on the left were waist high when we moved in 13 years ago

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Now they provide a very colorful screen for the porch

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I’ll close this wowza post with a poppy.. a few remain from the ones that were here when we moved in.  It came up through the blueberry bushes

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Bearded Iris

The big boys and girls are showing off their stuff.   Many of these came from friends or our local garden club sale.  Some were here when we moved and some came from neighbors.  They are all gorgeous.  The bud form is as nice as some of  the blossoms.

 

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This one came from neighbor Jeff

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Unknown pale yellow

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I love the frilled edge on this beauty

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Old fashioned iris – came with the house

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Another old fashioned one

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This one smells like grapes –  from Whitney’s Farm

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This velvet beauty came with the house

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Beautiful white from friend Sue B.

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‘Happenstance’

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Pallida variegata – I think this came from friend Chris L. (unfortunate tag from some other plant photobombing the shot)

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More of the Whitney’s Farm iris

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This one came with the house – I love the color contrast

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This one was here when we moved in .. I think it is ‘Mme. Cheroux’

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Dew

Its a misty moisty morning.    I ventured out in the garden to take a peek at some things that opened up this morning  and discovered that the skeeters have hatched big time.  They chased me back indoors.  I have some photos of dew on the plants from a few other mornings and this seemed like a good morning to share them.

Lady’s mantle

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Stachys byzantina

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Tree peony petal

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Tree peonies

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Blue grass

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Iris bud

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