Thursday, May 5, 2016

A Second Look--Part II

Yesterday, I showed you some of the bird activity and today I'm going to show you a few of the flowers that are blooming. Things are changing so fast this time of year, it feels like I shouldn't go two weeks before I show you what things look like now in the plant world. And oh, it's still raining. However, now the rainy periods are interspersed with just cloudiness. :)

Here are a few things I saw this week
 during a Second Look.

The first Japanese Iris to bloom this year.


Pansy


Peris japonica. This one is about a month behind the one directly across the walk from it.


The bleeding heart are still blooming.



Lily of the Valley



Azalea. Others are just budding.


Nettle


Rhododendron 


Pansy


Raindrops on Lady's Mantle



7 comments:

  1. I know I say this a lot--but I can't believe how far ahead of us your plants are! Iris blooming--really???? I think it seems strange to me because so often we seem to be experiencing similar weather patterns. Anyway--this was a beautiful post. I love your second looks.

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    1. I know! My iris are only a few inches tall so far!

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    2. Kris, you are 3 degrees latitude further north than I am. I'm sure that has some effect. And Denver while at the same latitude that I am is almost 5000' higher. That's gotta have a big effect, too. I know my father-in-law is only about an hour's drive south of here (1 degree of latitude) and his neighborhood is always at least a week or two ahead of ours as far as the growing season goes. And then you put in lake effects and all kinds of microclimates and who knows how any of it works. For example, Kris gets crocus much sooner than I do.

      But however it works, the emergence of spring at whatever pace is all good.

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  2. Very pretty! We are at the tail end of all the spring blooms. When I was driving around yesterday I noticed the beginnings of Queen Ann's Lace on the roadside so I guess we are at the beginnings of summertime blooms.

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    1. Are you having consistently warm weather now?

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  3. The flowers are beautiful, but the raindrops photo is my favorite. Very nice!

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    1. Lady's mantle is known for capturing raindrops and dew. It is also a plant that will thrive in the shade. That's why I have it.

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