Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Slightly Wordless Wednesday: An Afternoon Ramble

Every afternoon after work I pop into the garden to see what's new. Lots of rain and warm temps have worked their spring magic and the garden is beginning to bloom.

For this post I'm focusing on macro shots. I'll be back to long view shots with my next post.



Columbine


Chives and False Solomon's Seal as seen through the dog run fence


Variegated sedum and amsonia


 Amsonia 'Blue Ice'


Baptisia 'Prairie Blues'


'Night Owl' climbing rose


Wonderfully fragrant Cheddar pinks (dianthus)


Western Indian Physic (porteranthus stipulaus


Pink pincushion flower grow near the Golden Alexander's (zizia aptera) in the shade of a crepe myrtle.


 Variegated iris and tiny blue eyed grass





 Red and yellow geums


Mr. Toad near the mountain mint (pycnanthemum) and phlox


'Westerland' climbing rose



 'Chester Thornless' black berries, full of plump buds 

19 comments:

  1. What lovely photos and blooms. And Mr Toad is just too cute sitting there.

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  2. Everything looks great! I love your false solomon's seal. The variegation is amazing. Ditto for the sedum and iris. I can practically smell 'Westerland' and the toad is too cute.

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  3. I love your selections for Wordless Wednesday. I like the red and yellow combo, the peach colored rose, and since I am a softie for frogs, I like the photo of the toad

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  4. Loved your photos for Wordless Wedneday. The peach colored rose is stunning.

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  5. Great pictures and lovely plants. I especially love the toad!

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  6. Everything IS looking great, I agree. So for Va, I actually grew up there, in Bedford County, but also went to school at UVa and lived for a year and a half after that in Charlottesville, still one of my favorite places, before I moved to Manhattan for a decade and half. My Mom's garden, which I refer to often, is on the edge of zone 7A, closing in on the Peaks of Otter. Its a magical little place, though I might be biased!

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  7. Your springtime garden is looking lush and vibrant...very pretty blooms. The 'Westerland' rose is lovely, and your plant combinations are particularly well done. (Healthy looking 'wildlife' too!)

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  8. Warm temps - this is what we need in our area. It's cool here! I am amazed, how many blooms you have already!

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  9. Sorry, came to you from another account. It was me, Tatyana@MySecretGarden. LOve your pincushions!

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  10. I love that variegated iris & sedum! Mr. Toad is a cutie!

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  11. It's all bursting out. I'm a week behind you (maybe more, my baptisias are just six inch high stalks right now), so your photos are tantalizing me. I didn't know there was a yellow geum... how cute!

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  12. It is so wonderful to see your lovely spring garden. I especially enjoy your flowers in pretty pastel shades. Just Beautiful!

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  13. Gorgeous photos, you've got so many flowers up and about. You must have found the toad by listening, he blends in very well with that mulch.

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  14. Lots of happy wildlife among the blooms! Love the little blue eyed grass too.

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  15. I imagine this must be about the prettiest time of year in the DC/Virginia area! Everything looks so lush and healthy. Now you have me salivating for those berries!

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  16. Lots of wonderful plants. I see your Blue Eyed grass is mulched in a bed - mine seems to prefer the gravelly areas as it seeds itself freely there and not in the nice soil nearby.

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  17. So many pretty things that I had to look through a couple of times. My Mom used to have Geum and I think after seeing your reminder of what a nice spring bloomer it is, I must add some to my own garden. Hope my pincushion flower made it through the winter. I added it last summer and have been waiting for the foliage to emerge. No signs as of yet, but fingers crossed. Who needs flowers when you have rosettes of leaves as lovely as those variegated sedum!

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  18. All the pretty blooms and then there was a toad. I wonder if he just likes the finer things in life.

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  19. Lovely flowers in your garden, and the toad obviously thinks so too. Love how he posed to have his photo taken.

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