You know what I'm talking about. I know you do. I noticed we were well into BBDs a few weeks ago when I ... well ... you know.
But they should be coming pretty much to an end now because most of the spring chores have been completed. We've been able to get rid of the detritus left by the bulbs that gave us so much joy after a long, cold winter, and the summer flowers are beginning to put on their show. We have time to literally stop and smell the roses, which are also just beginning to bloom. It's time to really enjoy the fruits of our labors, with just maintenance work until fall.
Tall Bearded Iris
'Red at Night'
For the last several weeks, it's been The Purple Show in Max's Garden. We have started calling it that, because Max spends so much time there and 90 per cent of the time when you walk back to that garden, you'll find him sunning himself on the bench or resting in the cool shade under it.
Romie and I both noticed the purpleness at about the same time, but he verbalized it first. Generally, I'm the one that grabs his hand and takes him here or there to show him a new bloom that has me excited.
We do have lots of purple flowers in the garden, but the ones that put it over the top were the irises. Almost all of our irises are purple. I've got a few of other colors, but I'd say three-fourths of them are a shade of purple or blue.
No ID tag, but I suspect
it's a golden Veronica
Tall Bearded Iris 'Blenheim Royal' just opening.
(Veronica teucrium 'Crater Lake Blue')
Labrador Violet (Viola labradorica)
(Polemonium caeruleum 'Snow & Sapphires')
I don't remember planting this bulb
and I don't know what it is! Scilla, maybe?