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Thursday, May 19, 2011


Baby PLANTS, I mean.
Thanks to This Website for the great baby plant picture.

Please forgive me for the very picture-loaded posting today. I'm just so excited that spring is finally here and I've got little bits of new life growing all over my yard! I thought I would share what's going on in my little piece of the world.

Part of the fun of moving into a new house is discovering what interesting treasures the previous owners planted.

First, the front yard:

I was thrilled to see I have peonies! Two of the three peony plants my grandmother had planted in my old yard 40+ years ago had died, and I couldn't bring the remaining plant with me when we moved. It was very sad. But now I have more!

I have no idea what either of these two plants are, so it will be interesting to see what they do when they get older.

Another clump of the plant on the right in the last picture. I love the tiny little leaves on these!

Nothing like baby lilac buds against a blue sky!

And now the back yard:

Irises. I can't wait to see what colors are hiding in this soil.

These are lilies, I think. I was told I could expect lilies in this yard, but I'm not sure what kind these are.

One of the first things I've got blooming in the yard. This picture doesn't do justice to the color of these flowers. I only noticed one of these little plants, so I don't think I'll have more.

I believe those are ferns on the left. The plant on the bottom in the middle is all over in my flower bed. I have tons of them! I know they flower, but I'm not sure what these are.

Violas. Smaller than pansies. I have a bunch of these in all kinds of different colors.

Rhubarb! Glorious, wonderful rhubarb! Another plant I had back in Montana that I was sad to have to leave behind. I was quite excited to see this one in the yard last summer!

A few more colors. I just love their happy little faces.

After taking the last picture, I decided I needed to do something about all the dead stuff (and doggy poo) in my flower bed. I grabbed the rake and did some cleaning before taking more pictures. My sweet elderly neighbor decided to come help me. She cut back the bigger stalks with her clippers and dug up my dandelions for me. Very nice of her!

More lilies and a less healthy version of the mystery flowering plant all through the bed.

My favorite plant in the whole yard!! Bleeding Hearts!! I have tried to grow these for YEARS!! I was blissfully happy to learn that there was an established plant in my yard! I plan on leaving it alone and not letting it find out that I've killed multiples of it's cousins. If you look really close on the top left bunch of leaves, you'll see it's even got little tiny flower buds on it. I can't wait to see it in full bloom!!!

Hollyhocks. I have lots of these along the back fence. I'm looking forward to seeing what colors these will be. This is one of the plants my neighbor was nice enough to cut the dead stalks off for me.

At the very top of this picture, I've got two good spicy chives growing. The other main plants in this picture I feel really bad that I'm not sure what they are. I know I should know these. And notice all the other little violas scattered around.

I'm actually fairly disgusted with myself that I don't know what a lot of these are. A lot of them were in bloom when we moved in to the house, but my memory was so bad during my pregnancy that I really don't remember. Add to that, I was a horticulture major in college. But my focus was on house plants, not garden plants. If I haven't personally grown them (or tried to grow them), I don't know what they are.

Hey, and look who else is growing!


B. said...

It will be fun to find out what the mystery flowers are when they bloom! I should have you come visit and tell me what all my flowers are.

Pirate Baby is adorable! Do you always have such loud traffic by your place though?

MTGrace said...

Not at all. That was a garbage truck. :) It's usually pretty quiet around here.