Things are blooming

One summer I found some iris rhizomes growing under my fence from a neighbor’s yard, shredded by my husband’s weed whacker. I picked up a big section of the orange root and set it in a pot in my shed, and forgot about it. Last Spring I found it was growing leaves, so I put it in the ground in one of my shade areas, and forgot about it.

 

I wish I could make an Easter bonnet out of these.

I found my garden had turned out it’s Easter finery.

So it was a genuine surprise the other day when I noticed these big iris spears, taller than any of my other irises, with big pink-yellow buds forming at the ends. They  began to open on Good Friday, and by this morning there were three big blossoms.

My yard is full of surprises this time of year.

This is a sunflower called "stephanomeria" - the blossom opens every morning with the sun, and follows it across the sky, gently folding itself up again at sunset.

This is a tiny wild sunflower called “stephanomeria” – the blossom opens every morning with the sun, and follows it across the sky, gently folding itself up again at sunset.

Stephanomeria is a native plant, you see it all around the park and other greenways. After a few days, the flower folds itself up tight, emerging a few days later as a big puffy seed ball, like a giant dandelion.

I was pulling some weeds along the fence and found some pink valerian heading up with tiny flowers.

I was pulling some weeds along the fence and found some pink valerian heading up with tiny flowers.

 

Here I found some borage, the tiny buds will open into sky blue flowers soon.

Here I found some borage, the tiny buds will open into sky blue flowers soon.

Biscuit says she's had enough of work, time for some play.

Biscuit says she’s had enough of work, time for some play.

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