First up, lilacs. Nothing says spring like the scent of lilacs. This miniature lilac bounced around in a couple of spots before finding a permanent home in front of our pump house. It is the last of my lilacs to bloom but definitely doesn't disappoint in blooms nor in fragrance!
We also are working on a hedge of lilacs to the west of our barn! I'm sure it will take about 20 years to be a real lilac hedge but I've heard that patience is a virtue... so I'll be practicing that!
All but two of these were starts dug up from the lilac hedge behind my son's house. They are white and a dark purple. We potted them up for a couple of years to give them a real head start, then planted them last fall and they all survived this past winter.
One of my purchased lilacs is this one, Sensation. Love the multi color!
My old lilac looked good this spring. We had cooler temps while it was blooming so the blooms lasted for a long time.
This peony is different from all of my others. I bought it at a small plant sale and don't know the name but it is always the first to bloom.
Then my Festiva Maxima. Huge, huge blooms on this old variety. I now have 3 of these but really need to move at least two of them as they are getting overgrown by my hydrangeas.
This white one is actually the only "non" David Austin English Rose I have, it is named Bolero.
This is Sister Elizabeth and it is a purple-y pink in color. Fairly compact. It too was a bare root start.
It is the earliest of all my roses to bloom and is very, very prolific!
Not shown, as they are not yet in bloom, are three other David Austin roses...
Grace, another peachy color that smells like tea. It also tolerates a bit of shade.
Winchester Cathedral, another white rose, a bit smaller sized plant than most of my roses.
And, The Pilgrim, a light, yellow rose. This one is probably the most prolific of all of my roses, with so many blooms you can cut a branch like a spray type rose!
I have a few other roses such as this Knock Out variety...
The nectarine tree is the first tree to bloom and it was a welcome sight back in mid-March. Our winter (and early spring) felt very gray and dreary but apparently there was at least a bit of blue sky!
Daffodils in front of the barn.
Our magnolia was here when we moved in 13 1/2 years ago. It has definitely grown and is healthier due to better and consistent watering in the summer months.
Tulips were later this year than years past, but the weather was pretty mild so these red tulips up the driveway stayed in bloom for a record amount of time.
And since I have been so derelict in updating this blog... something else that has been growing but more like a weed...
Miss Bee just turned 4! Where does the time go? She is such a funny, spirited little girl. Her imagination is beyond compare, the stories she comes up with... and she is sooooo convincing! As you can see... she is a pink and jewels kind of girl but not afraid to pair that with a set of boots! Lately she has "taken up" flower arranging and wanted to put a little bouquet together when she was here in mid-May.
So that's a recap of what is growing in my garden... how about yours?
Chris at Red Gate Farm