Sunday, May 18, 2014

Remember ?

Remember when you use to have garden tools that were indestructible? When your shovel handle would break before you could bend the head? Well I can and I am amazed at how they make such wimpy garden tools these days. Mind you now, I was digging up a rose bush to move to the woodland bed and bent the shovel head clear around with one pry. And no, I did not pry hard nor was the rose bush a rock solid monster. LOL! I guess I will have to bring out the  ancient shovel in the garden shed once again.

Violets Double Lavender

We have been through another cold spell here in the hills of Ohio and I am glad I held myself back from putting out the veggie plants and filling the planters with annuals. Although I saw no frost around my house this morning there was frost in some places. I am praying this will be the last of our cold spells for the season because this Gardening Girl needs to plant! LOL!

Weigela Wine Roses _Briiliant Dianthus
This flower bed is now in the leaping stage and is starting to look full now with the lilies really taking off.   Weigela “Wine & Roses” is blooming so pretty and Dianthus “Brilliant” is so bright it is hard to get a good picture of it.

Dianthus Brilliant
I am just thrilled to see the Dianthus return after the ‘winter that was’.

Weigela Variegated
The Variegated Weigela is also in bloom beside the front porch and I am vexed that it is not warm enough to set there and admire it without shaking all over.

The alliums are showing off now. I adore their purple heads but I wish the leaves on them were not prone to turning yellow.So I take pictures of just the tops. LOL!

Rhododendron Lilac
The Rhododendrons are what is taking the stage in my garden now.

The leaves are showing signs of a bad winter and they are blooming on the back sides where they get more sunlight and did not get iced covered this winter.

Rhododendron Red
Fewer blooms maybe, but what there is of them are still gorgeous and the bees and butterflies are enjoying them.

Rhododendron BBee
I have so many chores, places to go and twenty bags of mulch waiting on me to keep me busy this week if the weather cooperates.
Hope you all have a great week and

Happy Gardening,



CanadianGardenJoy said...

Lona girl you got some fantastic pictures with the bee buzzing into the flower .. and you have the same thing going on with your rhodos as I do from this past winter !
Things are growing like crazy here and I have to hit the ground running to keep up with it all .. my least happy chore ? tying up vines .. my fingers just won't work right.
This morning I was weeding and transplanting .. got my Pearl Bush in a better spot finally !
Fingers crossed on your mulch mission girl ... me too! haha
Joy : )

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Great photos Lona! I love all of your gorgeous blooms.

We've had some cooler weather down here and it's a real blessing as it was beginning to feel like the heat and humidity of summer was here early. I think it's supposed to be low 80's all week. Yippee!

Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

Gatsbys Gardens said...

I did put lots of annuals out today, sure hope we don't see frost anytime soon! Many of my plants, mostly shrubs, will not be in full bloom this year but I am glad that most of them are alive.


Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

At least the bees are busy in the garden. I just love alliums. I have plans to plant more this fall.
We had a cold spell too and then today 101. Too hot. Suppose to be more normal tomorrow.

Nadezda said...

Beautiful rhododendrons, they are my weakness Lona!
It's pity that the weather is still cold in your place. Here we have unusual heat +30C! We have to store water for plants.
Love your alliums and weigela -glad it was not suffered of frost.


Read my lips, Mother Nature. "No more cold weather. Lona has gardening to do!" I love that, despite the temperature dips, your plants are growing and blooming. The variegated weigela is one of my favorite plants. Have fun.