Garden Update – More Purples and Pinks Too

Anyone up for another garden update? More shades of purple this time. Hope that’s okay with you non-purple lovers! There’s a bright pink teaser towards the end, so stick with me.

I love it when the alliums bloom. We have a little forest of them along our back fence line. They are the giant puff ball queens of the garden. One flower can measure up to 10 inches around!

We have two kinds of irises throughout our gardens, including these traditional bearded iris,

and clusters of Siberian iris, both gorgeous.

I found a couple big beautiful blooms on our clematis plant. I am always surprised at how big they get – about as big as my hand!

I also love having columbine flowers in our gardens because they are so delicate looking, and they make me miss living in Colorado where they are the state flower.

Our dwarf lilac bush is blooming beautifully! It’s been limping along for a couple years.

Now, on to our pink update. We have a row of wegelia shrubs on one side of our backyard patio which provide a nice hedge of privacy. They have been filling out nicely with these little flowers.

The peonies are starting to open! Aren’t they magnificent?

This is the first year our light pink peonies have bloomed since we planted them about five years ago. Didn’t think they were going to make it, and now they are amazing.

Always wonderful to find such an abundance of blossoms in our gardens throughout spring and summer!

A Walk in the Garden

I think everybody in the Northern hemisphere has been doing yard work this weekend! We enjoyed a weekend of gardening ourselves.

We got some new spirea shrubs to replace the holly shrubs that didn’t make it through our winter.

We have this really big landscaped bed that borders our fence line. We’ve been trying to fill it in over the years to keep the weeds out, and make it look more like a park.

We added these new bee balms to attract the butterflies.

We also added these new coreopsis plants, to attract more butterflies.

A lot of our spring perennials, including those alliums, bloomed a month early since we had such a warm April, so now we need to fill in more perennials in those bare spots.

We stocked up on a variety of ornamental grasses, which get tall and provide great eye appeal. They are also low maintenance!

Our bleeding heart shrubs have grown to be giants in the five years we have lived in this house!

Our clusters of Siberian Irises get bigger every year too. I wish they lasted longer.

I love these late-blooming tulips, which remind me of Barbie pink.

It’s fun to watch the changes in the garden as we move from spring to summer, and the progress of all our hard work over the years.