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Let's explore my yard
That's what I did this morning, I went digging under the mulch, fallen leaves and general dead stuff that has accumulated from the drought and I found a remarkable amount of life springing up.
Other than the Dragon Lady Cross Vine that has been an evergreen for three years now and the previously mentioned hollyhocks, I found signs of life from the blackeyed Susan, Bee Balm, Goldenrod and the Sage. The Rosemary is happy as a lark out there still. One of the Lavender plants is still robust but the other died. I know the hardy Hibiscus will return, they always do. The Blaze climbing roses are still green and leafy. One of the mums is coming back. Time will tell for the Astilbe, but they should be okay again this year.
The Raspberry vines are greening already, someday maybe my youngest will beat the birds to the fruit.
The Chocolate Vine has actually been doing some growing. The Canna are almost 6" tall.
The Lantana should be back, usually is since it is a native. It's one of those plants whose fragrance brings back childhood memories for me. Some would say it stinks and I guess it does compared to roses, but I like it. I am 6 yrs old in summer again, everytime I smell it.
The Fig tree is starting to bud and this year I have a dehydrator. We couldn't eat them all last year and after the car crashed into the house our life was just too weird and making jam was the furthest thing from my mind.
AND my Iris....my wonderful purple bearded iris are coming up....the ones that smell like popsicles we used to get from the ice cream man when I was a kid. I planted the bulbs several years ago, but last spring was the first year they bloomed. While they were in bloom last spring, I went out every morning to bury my face in their blooms and enjoy their fragrance. It was the perfect way to start the day and I am very much looking forward to my time with them this spring.
We are hoping for some rain on Sunday. I am not holding my breath, but if it happens I will be outside enjoying every drop of it.
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Your garden sounds like it's gonna get busy real soon Toni. Will you be able to cope? Hehe, I'm sure you will :)
I know exactly what you are saying about the iris smelling like popsicles but I never thought of it that way before. As I'm reading your description, though, I swear I can smell them! Thank you for that.
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