The Flowers

The other day when I showed some of my Iris flowers, these tall ones only had one or 2 flowers, but today the rest have all opened.  What is really amazing is that after all the wind and rain yesterday – they are pretty much all standing.  There is one off to the right that is lying down, but that was a nasty wind and downpour that they had to put up with yesterday.

Iris
Iris

My Peony has the most buds I have ever seen on this plant.  It is going to look amazing when they start opening.

Peony Buds
Peony Buds
Peony Buds
Peony Buds

I may have told my Peony story before, but if so – it was some time ago, so I’ll tell it again now.  I was never really a fan of Peonies – and I guess it was just because they always have ants on them.  This is one of those things that developed years and years ago, when I was a child.  My grandmother had Peonies and she used to like to cut the flowers and bring them inside – but they always came inside with ants.  I didn’t like the ants on them – so I didn’t like the Peony!  You can’t reason with a kid’s logic – so I grew up not liking the plant.  When I bought this house 30 years ago, it was winter.  When spring came along, I found out that there were dozens of Peonies growing in the flower beds.  I basically ignored them, but a few years later when we started doing some construction on the house, I dug a couple of them up to take to my parent’s cottage and the rest were just left to be demolished by the equipment.  When the dust settled there was no sign of any Peonies.

Two years later, a Peony started growing in the middle of the lawn.  I was pretty impressed that one survived so I dug a little flower bed around it and over to my Mountain Ash tree, where it has been growing ever since.  Its root must be very deep, but it has come up every year.  It usually only has maybe 3 – 6 buds and flowers, but without counting, I’d say there are at least 20 this year.  It has the normal pink double flower.

I have Lily of the Valley popping in places where it has never been before and my late blooming Lilac is covered in flowers today.

Lily of the Valley
Lily of the Valley
Lilac
Lilac
Lilac
Lilac

I am thinking that the plants really appreciated the mild winter we had this year and are showing it in their displays.  My lawn looks better than it usually does too.  Granted – the weeds are looking nice and healthy too.

This morning I went out to get some grass seeds for the spots that needed a bit of work and while there I bough myself a rose bush.  I have sworn many time that I will never plant another rose bush because they always die – sometimes they flower great the year I plant them and sometimes they don’t – but they never live to see another year.  I couldn’t resist though so here is my rose.

The Rose Bush
The Rose Bush
First Rose
First Rose

It looks nice and healthy – sure hope I can keep it that way.

Behind the Rose is my Clematis, which I planted right after the construction (about 27 years ago)  It is looking the biggest and healthiest it has in years also.  Hopefully it will put on a great flower show this year.  So far no buds on it.