This year my flower garden is a complete and total surprise to me. You see, I didn't plant any of it. Having just moved into this house in January, other than a weeding, pruning and cutting back, all I really have to do is sit back and watch.
I am a lifelong flower gardener, lovingly obsessing over perennials in particular. I've always considered flower gardening my personal form of therapy. With all the plants I have bought, it has certainly cost me as much. So, as knowledgeable as I like to think I am about plants, it is a bit distressing to me that there are, literally, dozens of plants, shrubs and trees here that I don't recognize.
Below, a short tour of what's coming into bloom in my garden. I have used their common names only, as my Latin sucks. I've included many that I don't know the names of...please leave me a comment if you have a clue what they are!
Pink Peonies pushing their way through a bloomed-out Candytuft. Gaudy, aren't they? I still think they're lovely:
The Shasta Daisies getting ready to smile at me:
Look at this pretty little flower. She looks hot and needs to be watered:
My shade-loving Astilbe:
The Hostas are extremely large and healthy. BONUS: the deer don't eat them like they did at our old place:
I took this picture because hundreds of bees covered all the beautiful, lightly scented blossoms, but then I realized, I have no idea what this tree is. Can anyone tell from this photo?:
The day lilies are blooming like crazy:
This is some kind of miniature one:
This is a beautiful bloom on a shrub-type plant that I don't recognize. Does anyone know what it is?:
Strawberries, maybe just the blooming and not the bearing kind. We shall see:
Yarrow. I could never get Yarrow to grow in my old yard. Here it does very well:
Yellow-something that I also don't know the name of. It's beautiful. Somebody, please, tell me its name!:
Liatris. These will have feathery purple spikes when it blooms:
A couple of volunteer sunflowers courtesy of my friendly, bird-seed-hogging chipmunk pal:
And some big white prongy-looking things. What do you think these are called?:
Here is the biggest question of the day:
What are these? I call them the weird oniony plants that have pretty yellow blooms
The thing is, my husband hates onions. Hates the taste of them, hates the smell of them. The people who lived here before us apparently loved them. They planted these *everywhere* and the entire side yard smelled of onions:
Here are some pictures of white ones that were finished blooming that I've yanked:
The odd thing is, the bulbs were being pushed out of the ground and were laying on top of the dirt (see left side of picture):
Is any part of this plant edible?
Hen & chicks. Appropriate for my garden, wouldn't you say?:
Wild daisies. These are covering our lower pastures...the donkeys don't seem to like eating them:
Wild foxglove. Highly poisonous, but the donks avoid these, too:
They seem to grow over, around and through anything in its path, in this case, a dead blackberry bramble:
Here's one last flower that I don't recognize. Cool shot of a spider catching a bee, too:
I think that's it for my Farm Garden reports for now, at least until the berries begin to ripen!