There are never enough hours in the day to get everything done that I want to. I'm sure most of you can relate to that feeling!
There are several purple clumps scattered throughout the gardens and they graciously staggered their blooms, extending their bloom-time for about a month, but they're mostly finished now.
This pretty mauve Lamium is one of three colors in the gardens. I also have white and purple.
Here they are still looking good, with Forget-me-nots and Arabis, near the beginning of the month. All three are just finishing up now.
The simple Chives make a pretty patch of color. They sew themselves liberally in my gardens, and need to be ruthlessly pulled out when they get a bit too carried away.
Centaurea (Perennial Bachelor's Button, or Cornflower) is another one that needs to be kept under control. Cut it back after blooming to limit reseeding and produce a second batch of blooms in late summer.
The dainty blooms remind me of little ballerina skirts, especially the pinks....
The Cranesbill (Perennial Geranium) begins to bloom in spring, and continues all the way through summer.
The Abutilon has over wintered well, and is blooming beautifully.
These little Dutch Iris were a passalong from a friend. I have several clumps and this is the first year they've bloomed. I love the color! These need to be thinned ruthlessly too.
Sweet William blooms sweetly around graduation time in pastel hues as well as this scarlet red.
My first rose! Isn't she lovely?
Field, or Corn Poppies sew themselves freely each year. There's also a little Centranthus Ruber (Valerian or Jupiter's Beard) just beginning to bloom (see that Alice? I finally have my own Centranthus!).
Here's a lovely red Corn Poppy.
This beautiful Asiatic Lily - Lollipop, was given to me by my equally obsessed gardening friend, Marie. She has blessed me with many lovely plants this spring.
Ah, the Peonies are blooming! I don't know any of the names because they're all passalongs from years ago.
I have a bouquet of them sitting behind me on the dining room table, and I've been enjoying their delightful scent as I've worked on this post.
They graced our church service this morning.
The hot pink Peony matches the Weigela (a happy accident), which is a mass of bright pink flowers.
The Lupines have brought me so much pleasure this spring! Their deep purple hue looks fabulous with the yellow 'Lemon Lilies' (early daylily) which have just recently begun to bloom.
And here's a pretty pink Lupine, surrounded by Sweet William.
Verbascum (Mullein) - a pale shade of peach.
Potentilla - Its bright blooms go on and on!
Cape Primrose (Streptocarpus).
Can you imagine calling this delicate flower such an ugly name? This is another passalong from Marie. She gave me 2 little cuttings last winter and they've grown very nicely. I'll put it outside for the summer in a bigger pot.