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Spring Abloom in Winter

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Violets bloom all winter long here.
They look beautiful in the snow,
but no snow this year, so far.
These blossoms have naturalized in many of my beds.
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Bergenia are early bloomers here, also.
They grow on the sheltered east side of my house,
protected from deer.
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Hellebore are also growing in a sheltered east-facing area.
The ferns came up naturally,
and keep these flowers shaded.
While the white flowers are in full bloom,
the pink ones are just beginning.
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The first strawberry blossoms
from a warmer area in the yard.

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Rose & Heather

Copy of DSCN3626 Copy of DSCN3627These pastel pink blossoms cover the entire Rose of Sharon shrub.
I was looking for a late summer bloomer, and this one really paid off.
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This heather bush is just beneath Sharon’s Rose.
Unplanned by me (I can only wish!), the flowers are the same hue.


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Asters make a liar out of me!

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These are the same asters I cut a few days ago.  The flowers really did close up the next morning when I went to take a photo.  For some unknown reason I did not throw throw them in the compost bucket.  When I noticed the vase later, the blossoms looked great, and the tiny buds were starting to open.  They must like their new home!


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Sea Lavender

Sea Lavender

I was disappointed to find my Sea Lavender did not bloom this year.  It is in a corner of a planting bed that catches some shade in the afternoons.  Then I remembered last spring when I found a baby Sea Lavender and moved it to a real sunny location.  And the baby was flowering!  What luck!

Autumn is coming soon, and this plant’s leaves are already starting to change colors.  In the past, I have cut these flowers and dried them to last through the winter.  Since there are not many blossoms this year, I will let the few stay on the plant.


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Hollyhocks

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Hollyhocks were unknown to me until a woman friend gave me a handful of seeds.  I dutifully planted them and they grew and grew and grew some more.  These are by far the tallest flowers I have.  They have bloomed and reseeded for a number of years now.  This year the blossoms are far more meager than in previous years, and I wonder if the plants are just getting old and need to be started again.  I used to see stems-full of dark red flowers that I learned were an old-fashioned favorite.

In the second photo you can see where the deer have eaten everything off the hollyhock stems.  They have been pruning these plants for years now.  I just measured the deer fence at 4 feet (120 cm) high, and it is also 4 feet (120 cm, again) from the house wall.  While the deer could jump this height easily, the bed is full of plants with no landing space.  The fence is high enough to deter the deer from nibbling low stature plants.

Lilies

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Lilies

The lilies are starting to bloom now – a true sign of summer. It appears to me that my plantings are increasing in flowers, though I do not count how many flowers there are every year. I was gone for a few days, and returned home to the surprise of lily blossoms. These were not the flowers I expected to bloom next.

Did you know that the name Susan means lily? I learned that at the first meeting of a group of Susans. We all brought a small gift to exchange, and our hostess gave a lily plant. I gave a Susan B Anthony dollar coin. It is funny how a train of thought can continue. I’ll stop while I’m ahead.

These are taller lily plants, about two feet high. One time I accidentally purchased bulbs for very small lilies. The plant grows about 6 inches high, and they don’t bloom every year. Sometimes I forget where they are located, and it is all I can do not to stomp them out.

White Lilacs

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White Lilacs

This is what I see outside my bedroom window. It is so pretty at this time of the year. There are purple lilacs on each side of the window, but the white lilacs are the star of the show.

Purple lilacs on each side of the window are about 30 years old. My husband liked them so much, he planted the white one across a walkway about 5 years ago. This way one could walk ‘under the lilacs’ – I’m sure he knows nothing of the Louisa May Alcott book of that name.
This plant is now large enough the deer fence is not as necessary. But the fence also protects iris and other flowers underneath from rabbits as well as deer.