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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Alpine Garden

One of my favorite sections of the garden is the Alpine Garden.  The area is a steep slope to the left of the stone steps leading from the upper yard to the lower yard.   When we moved in, the area was overrun with strawberries and various  groundcovers.  A waterfall of hens and chicks spilled over the edge.  I tried various things trying to hold the slope but not much worked.  Five years ago, we went hiking in the Italian and French Alps on a trek called Giro del MonViso with some Swiss friends…fantastic trip.. here’s some video of the area I found on the net  (http://www.cuneo360.it/itinerari/102 ).  The wildflowers were amazing too.   Two weeks after we returned, we learned that our hiking companion and friend Ruedi (whom I had know since high school) fell off a trail while climbing and died.  I made the Alpine Garden as a tribute to him.  I have put some plants in this garden that we saw while hiking together.  Others are suited to rock gardens.  Some have done better than others but the garden is thriving.   I will look through my file and get the proper names for these petite gems , but in the meantime here are some photos.

This is the Alpine area to the left of the steps.

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Some new babies

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Aquilegia alpina

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Mazus reptans

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Dianthus

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Antennaria ‘Nyewood Pink’ (Pussytoes)

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Androsace primuloides ‘Chumbyi’

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Dianthus ‘Sternkissen’

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Orostachys iwarenge in a field of Sedum nevi

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A close look at the rock structure and hens and chicks and sedums

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Campanula

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Some baby sempervivum

 

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More plants coming later…

 

Columbines – Aquileglia

These beauties have been blooming for a few weeks..  some of  the colors differ every year since they reseed and mutate.  Some of the names are long gone but the flowers are still beautiful.  The leaves often get a leaf miner which is unsightly but usually other foliage covers that up and the blossoms float above it all and strut their stuff.

Here is an alpine only 3 inches tall that bloomed in the alpine garden back in April

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Wild columbine – Aquilegia canadensis

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Burgundy and white bi-color

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Common purple

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I think this one is called Green Apples

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Burgundy colored double

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A pale pink one

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June

Ah beautiful word, June.  It conjures up all sorts of wonderful things.  Today lived up to James Russell Lowell’s poem:

“AND what is so rare as a day in June?

Then, if ever, come perfect days;”

The garden is full of color, unfolding buds, and promise of things to come.  There are also invasions of bittersweet in the lupine meadow, red lily leaf beetles, and some ugly little green caterpillars eating the rhody leaves. Ack.  I’m trying to focus on the good stuff.

Clematis climbing up a blue spruce back where the shed used to be

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Not much blooming – but lots of color.. love that foliage

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Geranium macrorrhizum – I’ve had this plant forever.. moved it from a few houses.  It smells wonderful when you brush against it and the leaves turn a gorgeous burgundy in the fall.

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Forget-me not .. almost spent

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A funky viola complimenting the hosta ‘Marmalade’

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Allium

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I can’t remember what this is..

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Centaurea montana.. also called perennial cornflower

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Rhododendron buds

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Tree peony from friend Olga

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Zizia aptera.  I got this cool native plant a couple of years ago on a visit to Nasami Farm – the native plant nursery of the New England Wildflower Society.  It is also called Heart-leaved Golden Alexander.

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Variegated Comfrey from friend Marilyn

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Variegated Solomon’s seal from friend Sue B.

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