Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sunday Stroll - Old Friends



Year after year, the buttercups appear in the fields and wild edges. One might imagine it would seem common place after a while, and yet, when I spied the first one two or three days I ago, I exclaimed aloud "A buttercup!" and I felt that spark of happiness one feels upon meeting an old friend. The buttercups blooming in the creek bed are sturdy guys and gals (who can tell?) with hefty stalks and extra large blossoms.

My sensation lilac has bloomed for the first time, with snapdragons blooming cheerily beneath it. The new section of the garden is coming along. Yesterday, I transplanted some dark purple iris which weren't blooming in their old location. It has become to shady, I believe. I moved a few small lavender plants that were becoming too crowded, as an edge to the new garden. I think it will be beautiful when it fills in. What a pleasure it was to move it, with a lavender aroma wafting up into the air mingled with the fragrance of the lemon thyme that I scooched over to get to the lavender. My hands were dirty at the end of the afternoon, but they smelled good!



In the front garden, the special clementine aquilegia that I bought last year is politely offering a small first blossom, while next to it a wild, self-planted cinquefoil is taking over the space and getting ready to bloom in sunny, yellow profusion.




I trimmed some weeds and tall grass from around Haiku's rose and herb bed yesterday also, and lo and behold, there was still a garden under all that overgrowth. These little geraniums are blooming there amid rose leaves and a wild tangle of several kinds of mint.

10 comments:

Margaret Evans Porter said...

Wonderful colour. Especially that lilac, a particularly find specimen.

Cloudhands said...

Pretty, pretty lilac. I need to me one or two. I miss having a lilac to sit under. As always I love your close up pictures.

Farmer's Daughter said...

Beautiful! I've got lilacs that show no intention of blooming this year. Hopefully they're growing big and strong and will put on a show next year. Your lilac is very pretty.

Tabbie said...

That Sensation Lilac is beautiful! Ha ha I get excited every single year when I spy the first bloom of this or that flower. There's just something about springtime which is magical through and through.

Everydaywoman said...

I just LOVE buttercups . . . a sure sign summer in on the way! Thanks for sharing your beautiful pix, as always, Aisling!

Aisling said...

I have a busy morning, but will come back this afternoon to respond to all these lovely comments! :)

linda said...

how lovely~ it looks like heaven where you live!
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Aisling said...

Margaret, Mom, Abbie, & Tabbie,

This is the first bloom ever for that particular lilac. I put it in in fall of 2007, but it did not bloom last summer. I was very excited to see it, and also to see that it really was a sensation lilac as the tag said. I got it for about $2 to $5 in a bargain section of my favorite nursery. And of course, it smells as sweet as it looks!

Aisling said...

Ruth,

Buttercups seem like a summer-essential to me! Their yellow is just the brightest, happiest, summer sunshine color!

Linda,
Sometimes it feels heavenly, though I have to tell you it was quite chilly yesterday. First morning of June and I had to wear my winter coat to work this morning! (Well, a lighter coat might have done the trick, but the winter coat was still handy!)

Thank you both for the lovely, friendly, notes!

Blessed With Four said...

beautiful