Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Mid-May...(Just a Taste)

Peony 'Bowl of Beauty' really is a charmer. She's new to the garden this year, having been planted from a rhizome last year and already giving out loads of buds the very first year:


Here she is with Iris pallida 'Aureo Variegata':




I've never had Catmint in my garden...until recently, when I added several plants in different locations. Nepeta x fassenni 'Walkers Low':


Catmint with Heuchera 'StopLight' in background:


Catmint in a pot:


I have 3 Allium Globemasters that had large buds but they never opened. I think that is because I just planted them late (in January) when I planted some daffodils...although the daffodils opened, despite the late planting.  Here is Allium christophii (Star of Persia):


Allium 'Globemaster'...1 of 3 that never bloomed (this was in a pot, the other 2 were
in the ground. I've since put them all in the ground)
I missed am late for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day this month, and I missed April entirely--so I'll try to make some shorter posts to show what's been blooming for the past 2 months...

The other day I had a Pedicure for the first time in over a year. It was really relaxing! I've been dealing with some back and nerve-pain issues lately, as well as Achilles tendinitis...and just am not 'on the ball' as much as I'd like. I have a TON of garden photos, as I take them almost every day, yet, I don't seem to be able to gather my thoughts and organize things like I used to. I'll try to make some shorter posts, highlighting just a few plants each time, so you can see what's been happening in my garden. It has really been beautiful this year--sorry about not blogging much or visiting your blogs like I used to.
What gifts have you discovered today? Until next time,

Words and photos ©Thanks for today.™, by Jan Huston Doble @ http://www.thanksfor2day.blogspot.com/
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17 comments:

  1. Lovely peony. I wish they thrived here; we don't get enough cold to make them happy.

    I feel your frustration. Not only can I not organize any more, blogger won't let me comment to embedded comments unless I use my Wordpress account.

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  2. Oh gosh what treasures you have in your garden. that is what I love about bloom day (even if you are late) The peony is magnificent, and that alium - like stars :). I will never see those in my tropical garden so thanks for sharing.

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  3. Jan sorry to hear you have been in pain...love the toe nails and the peony...of course I love the catmint and allium...some of my favs!

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  4. That Bowl of Beauty peony is so pretty, one of my favorites!

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  5. Hope you feel better soon.

    The flowers are lovely! Everything looks so colorful, lush and happy. May has been a "real spring" for us with reasonable temperatures and enough rain.

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  6. The Allium christophii is gorgeous! Your photos and captions are helpful and beautiful, Jan. They brightened my day! Last night I moved to do something and OUCH! my back screamed at me. I fell asleep with my TENS on and had to take a muscle relaxer at 6 a.m. It's feeling better than these things usually do, thank God!

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  7. The peony is lovely! It must be very happy in your garden to have so many blooms the first year!

    I also get overwhelmed with too many photos! I need to completely clear off one of my Compact Flash cards and make myself clear the card for each new session. All of my cards have special pictures that I don't want to delete and that makes it even more complicated along with always talking too many pictures!

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  8. I hope you are feeling better soon.

    You have some real beauties there in your gardens. That peony is wonderful and I really like that Star of Persia.

    Enjoy all that loveliness surrounding you.

    FlowerLady

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  9. What lovely plants, Jan. I am very fond of 'Walker's Low' it keeps its shape beautifully, shines out in the early evening light and the bees love it!

    Your Peony pink nails are fabulous!

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  10. Hope you get to feeling better soon so you can be out gardening full time!

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  11. The peony is stunning, they are so pretty, if I had the room a garden full of them would maybe suffice, laughing.

    How very lovely is your catmint, I know that I had some in a pot, and I gave it away, now I can't remember why...does yours do well in a pot?

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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  12. I'm feeling much like you, Jan, having challenges reigning in my thoughts, & not able to visit other blogs as often as I'd like. I'm chalking it up to these interesting times we live in. I hope your tendinitis eases soon. Your garden is beautiful, as always. Now that I've seen your peony, my pale pink one needs a companion!

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  13. Hi Jan. The peony is just so pretty and the purple iris with it just sets each other off. Have a lovely weekend.

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  14. Jan, I hope you are now feeling better. There is nothing worse than being out of sorts during the spring, especially for a gardener.

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  15. Beautiful photos! I've grown catmint for ages. After it blooms, cut it back by half and it will thicken up and send out more flowers. The pollinators love it. Hope you're feeling better. :o)

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  16. Your pedicure looks perfect and so fun in the garden! Wonderful peonies. Ours have all passed by now. You're going to love catmint but here's a warning-give it lots of room as it will swallow neighbors. It's easy to cut back too.

    Jan, I would have so loved to meet you too! My first fling was pretty interesting. The best part for me and most people that I spoke to was honestly meeting people! Can you believe that? Well, not really just the meeting of the people but to talk to them all. After the first night blog names did not even matter. There were many new attendees and many old time bloggers too. So interesting! I will get to VA one day and you can bet I'll contact you okay? If you ever get out my way do drop by!

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  17. Love that new peony, and it must like its new home.

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Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to comment! Please enjoy your TODAY and all of the gifts in YOUR garden of life!

Jan

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