Thursday, April 05, 2007

Spring Flowers Before the Big Chill

These irises and peonies were grown in my garden. After 2 weeks of warm to hot weather, everything in the yard exploded with foliage or flowers. Sadly, we are experiencing a very sudden cold snap that will last through the weekend, with temperatures predicted to drop into the 20º F range, enough to kill the beauty of the garden. For now, though, the colors are beautiful and the flowers are blooming prolifically.

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The return of Ron's bush...if you are familiar with my blog, you know that this double-flowering Kerria is a member of the rose family and was given the name "Ron's bush" by my friend Donald who could not remember the true name of the plant. This is the third attempt to establish one of these plants at my new home, but this one seems quite happy.

These miniature native-to-North Carolina irises were saved from a local riverbank that was scheduled for bulldozing to make way for a new lake. I have been transplanting these plants from one house to the next as I have moved over the years.

This spray of Delaware Valley White azaleas have taken their time getting established, but soon should begin to grow into 2-3 feet high plants that will be covered in pure white flowers in the early Spring.

A red variety of azalea, planted a few feet away from the Delaware Valley Whites will provide color contrast in the garden as these plants continue to grow.



Blogger Sideon said...

These pictures are wonderful. I took some shots of the cacti in bloom and the jasmine vines. This winter was tough on many of the plants. The banana trees look savaged. Some of the hibiscus didn't make it. The construction crew basically moonscaped the front yard during the extension/remodel - but I'll be damned if the salvia and the naked ladies and the daffodils didn't come sprouting through!

The return of "Ron's Bush"? :) Sorry if my mind is in the gutter on that one.

Hugs :)

4/09/2007 01:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ron. Beautiful pictures. You really do grow some gorgeous flowers.

~Sandy G.

4/13/2007 01:00:00 AM  

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