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Let the Sun Shine

My favorite tv weatherman predicts seven days of no rain.
He said it had been seven months since there were so many days in a row without rain!
Now the sun is shining, and the flowers are exploding:

Rhododendron are some of my favorite shrubs.
The leaves are evergreen, and in spring, the entire plant is covered with blooms.
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My iris are not irrigated, and thus bloomed sporadically these last few years.
They loved our wet spring and are coming into full flower.
These are quite deer-resistant plants, slowly moving out of protected beds.
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In my basement,  half a dozen peony buds
are hanging upside down to dry .
The pair I tested last year still look good, so I am trying more.

All of these flowers live in my ‘flower cages’
to protect them from deer.
Various colored poppies live in separate beds
so the colors will stay true.
Red-hot pokers do not fare as cut flowers,
their nectar is extremely sticky and fluid – a big mess indoors.
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When scabiosa was re-located last winter,
I discovered it was really tons of baby plants.
Ten, or so, were replanted and the rest given to friends.

Columbine is a native plant, and reseeds freely.

First rose from this particular mini-rose plant.
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When a girlfriend referred to this flower, she made it sound so common and usual, but I had never heard of it. Scabiosa is a sturdy perennial, that flowers prolifically. As long as I keep it deadheaded, it keeps on going. These flowers are a good filler in a bouquet, yet look just fine alone or in a group, in a vase.

This plant has not multiplied for me, as have so many other perennials.  I’m finally deducing it is because I keep the spent flowers removed, so they never have a chance to go to seed.  What a trade-off is needed:  to let some flowers remain on the plant to go to seed, and then it will flower no more that season.  Perhaps it is time for an experiment.