The Tiger Swallowtails are the most frequent butterfly visitors to our gardens.
We've been busy as bees around here! There's so much to do outside, and most of it needs to be done at once!
My dear husband's strawberries are producing a bumper crop, and he's been picking great quantities. I've only been able to help a little due to my back injury, but I'm happy to report that the sciatica seems to be easing a little, and bending over isn't quite as painful as it has been. I hesitate to say that (and am knocking on wood) because some days it seems quite good, and then others it's miserable. But today is a good day! Thanks so much for all the well wishes and commiserations. I know many of you can relate to having back problems.
I've put quite a few tubs of cut-up, sugared berries in the freezer, and made 2 batches of freezer jam, with more berries ready for another 2 batches this afternoon. And they're still coming (but slower now)! It's nice to have enough to share with the neighbors.
The Carnaby Clematis is putting on its best show ever, and has been joined by a couple of others, which I'll show you soon.
This post will be be about the gardens in the front yard.
They're looking rather pretty at the moment....
....although they all need edging, and the rain is making the weeds grow much too quickly.
And the lawn too!
The early Lemon Lilies blooming side-by-side with the harebells (Campanula rotundifolia) make a lovely combination.
.....but most are a beautiful blue.
Just a few columbines still hanging on, but most are finished blooming and must now be dead-headed or they'll sow their seeds like mad!
They're putting on a marvelous show this year!
Last fall DH (Dear Hubby) and I dug gardens around all the peony bushes along the front of the yard. Until then they'd always looked unkept at bloom time because we rarely found time during the busy spring to trim the grass around and between them.
We added lots of lovely compost to the soil, and they've repaid us for our work by blooming profusely.
They're gorgeous even before opening completely.
They have a heavenly scent.....
A couple of mug shots....
......of these beauty queens.
Still blooming prettily beside them is the Weigela.
.......and the flowers have the strongest fragrance of all. It's a beauty!
I have a hard time getting a decent photo of the white blooms.
Oh there's that lovely Weigela again. She's a bit of a ham.....really loves to have her photo taken :)
The peonies mixed well with harebells to make a pretty bouquet for church last Sunday.