Welcome to the May 1st show.
Executive Producer - Mother Nature.
Assistant to the Executive Producer - Christy.
The Iris are starting to bloom. This is the front path.
The pink Azaleas are finally open.
The red Azalea is almost open.
Iris and Clematis make a nice combination.
This Weigela is looking good. I really like Weigela and have quite a few different ones in my garden.
"May Night" Salvia in the foreground with "Miss Kim" Lilac in the back. The big Knockout Rose is getting lots of buds on it too!
Here is the Clematis up close. I think it's so pretty and it covers the lattice on the side of our pergola. It's so nice to take a break under the pergola and be surrounded by flowers.
Dames Rocket with Iris and yellow Rocket. The Dames Rocket self-seeds every year and will bloom into summer.
"Tennessee Gentleman" Iris with white Phlox and "Kansas" Peony. My Peonies should be open in about one week.
The colors are just so vivid!
"Earl of Essex" Iris.
"Minnesota Mixed-Up Kid" Iris with Catmint in the backround.
Blue Flax is also a self-seeder.
I've shown you my Woodland Phlox before, but last week my good friend Angie shared a really great garden tip with me so I thought I would pass it on to you! When I visited Angie's beautiful garden last week she had dozens and dozens of clumps of Woodland Phlox. Angie told me that all of the clumps came from one original clump. When the flowers fade, she cuts them off, then digs up the clump. She divides the clump into very small pieces and replants them. By next spring all of these small pieces will grow into bigger clumps. She also does this with Pincushion flowers and other plants. I'm definitely going to try it this spring!
The Hummers arrived about two weeks ago. It's always such a joy to watch them. Last year I had a very special encounter that I want to share with you. I was walking to the sunflower seed feeders to refill them when I saw a Hummer sitting on the wire fence surrounding the feeders. I stopped about three feet away and he appeared to be watching me. I stepped closer and finally put my finger down by his little feet. I was dumbstruck when he stepped onto my finger!! We looked at one another for several minutes before he flew off. It is a memory I will never forget.
I hope you enjoyed the May 1st show. Until next time....
Words and Photos are the Property of Christys Cottage Wildlife Garden.