We have a few towering trees out back -- we found out this year that they are commonly known as tulip poplars, although they are not actually poplars, but part of the magnolia family -- they are loaded with these blossoms in the spring. Not only are they pretty, but they also have a honeysuckle-ish smell -- the whole yard is perfumed with their scent when the breeze blows in the right direction. This year's blooming is the most prolific one we've seen yet (this is our sixth spring in Georgia).Here's a big, beautiful bloom on my peony. Peonies are some of my favorite flowers anyway, but this is an especially-special plant since it came from my Grandma Minota's garden (Grandma was a gifted gardener -- the kind that could take a twig, stick it in the ground, and make it grow -- she died in September 1997, so she wasn't there to see us get married in June 1998...but my aunt dug up several of Grandma's plants for me and it's a very special thing to have some of Grandma's plants in my garden!).Also transplanted from her garden to mine, a Bleeding Heart. Last year it looked pretty peaked, but this year it's thriving! This is the last of our Lily of the Valley for this season -- they are transplants my parents brought me several years ago from their farm in NY and they smell heavenly...I love that they bloom just in time for my birthday every year!New flowers/plants at the base of the birdbathA new Clematis...hopefully it will cooperate and climb up the retaining wall at the bottom of our driveway!I chose this lovely Calla Lily plant for my Mother's Day giftThe roses out front are loaded with blossoms
Replanted pots on my front porch stepsA close-up of my front porch potMy herb garden...the white lavender is just starting to bloom, the amaryllis is almost ready to open, the climbing rose is magnificent (the picture doesn't do it justice), the mint is conquered for now...! I am looking forward to summer mornings spent puttering in my gardens!