At the foot of the Reines de Violettes are these Dutch irises. In the background is a bare spot where an azalea used to be.
As we walk down the driveway, towards the house, we pass Henry Nevard, whose big red blooms should open in just a few days:Henry's a big sprawling mess that I try to stake up, but he just won't behave. I'll have to truss him up against the chain link fence so when mowing around him won't put us at risk of having thorny canes smacking us.
The beds in front of the house used to be thickly overgrown with spikey holly bushes and azaleas. Last year we cut them all pretty much down to 12 inches and they're just begining to grow back. Boy is it ugly, so no pictures.
Here's an example: the last of the tulips by the front door. The blooms have so many petals they look like peonies. They make great cutting flowers,
but not so pretty when left unattended.
In the background is the patio set where we have breakfast and read the paper on weekends, and eat dinner whenever the weather is nice.
It's a huge plant, about 5 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Pruning is one of my favorite gardening tasks and luckily roses take well to being trimmed, if done properly.
In the burgundy and white bucket to the left is a rose from the front yard. I think it's Bonica, but once it blooms I'm sure I'll remember.
This one below is Knockout, a very easy to grow rose. No fragrance but pretty cherry-red blooms.
That's it for what's in bloom now. This year I think I'm going to try to take better care of the garden. We're still in a drought so I don't know how much I can do. At least food gardens are exempt from the outdoor watering ban.
Husband and I've been talking about growing tomatoes and I might do some okra too. The only bed we can use we grew tomatoes in last year and we're supposed to rotate beds so the soil doesn't get depleted. But the other beds are holding plants from the front yard, so what to do, what to do...
Maybe nothing. Maybe we'll just wait out this year and see if the drought doesn't break next year.