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Spring Is In Bloom

Today, I’m linking up to Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop, and I chose this prompt:

2.) Has Spring sprung? Post a photo journal of what Spring is looking like in your neck of the woods!

This was an easy prompt for me, since I’ve been snapping pictures all around our yard for the past couple of weeks.

These flowers are both perennials; the purple is Purple Homestead Verbena, and the pink is…. I can’t remember. If you know, please leave a comment and refresh my memory. These are in a flower bed at the curb beside our mailbox. The verbena will bloom off and on all summer, but the little pink flowers bloom briefly and are gone til next spring.

This is blue salvia, which is also a perennial. These are in front of our bedroom windows. Behind them, to the left, is a butterfly bush and, in the center, a large hydrangea that we planted several years ago.  Perhaps their blooms will be featured in a “summer” post.

Pale blue iris (can you tell that blue is my favorite color?). These are in the same area as the salvia.

Petunias from last year in an old basket on our front porch. Because of our mild winter, they survived. The blooms aren’t really as droopy as they appear in this picture. I think this was the result of some pretty strong winds we had the day before this was taken.

For the flower boxes on our deck, this year I planted burgundy striped petunias. They remind me of the purple striped ones that my mom used to plant.

And it’s officially spring when there are hanging plants on our front porch.

It’s a rainy morning here. All the plants are loving it, and so am I.

What’s blooming out your window?

Mama’s Losin’ It

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Sunday Stroll

One of my blogging friends posed the question this week: which season of the year is your favorite?

I think, for some of us, it would be impossible to answer that question. There’s obviously beauty in every season.  So today, I thought I’d take you on a stroll to see the “beauty of spring” that’s blooming in our yard right now.

What’s not to love about this blue salvia? The color is so pretty, it’s a perennial, and the best part (for me anyway) is that the deer and rabbits don’t eat it.

My friend, Bev, and I went plant shopping recently and saw this citrus-colored purslane, which is similar to portulaca (one of my favorites). I like the look of plants on little wooden stools, like this one, in my flowerbeds.

 Several years ago, for my birthday, my friend, Doris, gave me a red Gerbera daisy in this little chair planter. The chair and flowerpot have gotten more rustic-looking with time. I think those purple flowers are referred to as “million bells”.  Maybe this year I’ll have better luck with those than I’ve had in the past.
 

Several years ago, I bought this plant in the middle of summer, when Motor Man and I were in Maryland for a boat race. It called out to me because it looked so pitiful. Evidently it’s a perennial petunia, which I didn’t know existed. It returns every year, and is the perfect plant: takes the hot, dry weather of summer and the animals don’t bother it. The plant behind it with the tall spiked flowers is guara, or “whirling butterflies”; another perfect plant.

And finally, I always have hanging baskets of ivy-leafed geraniums on the front porch.

If my luck holds out, all these plants should bloom through the summer. So far this spring, we’ve had just the right amount of rainfall. I’m hoping that will continue, because as much as I love having pretty plants, I don’t care for pulling garden hoses.

What spring beauties are in your yard?