I got a beautiful new cement bench yesterday for the garden. It was kinda heavy, but I found a dolly in the shed and the ground was not TOO soft from the rain. Did I mention that it was really heavy?
Of course everything is green after the rain. The pollen has settled a bit, and the yellow dusting over everything has been washed away...for now.
My little ceramic fish is loving her new habitat. The sedum is growing fast and furious. You would never know it all started with one itty bitty cutting just last spring. Now it's everywhere. This pot, three other pots, and spreading quickly around my pathway pavers.
And these little succulents benefit from the rain, but I have high hopes for them when it gets hotter. Much, much hotter, later in the summer. The ceramic planter is surrounded by Stella D'Oro day lilies which should bloom late May. They look pretty happy right now too.
Then there is the Wild Sweet William, which is actually a native woodland phlox. It was a hand-me-down plant last year and seems to like its new home under the Cypress tree. There is a little bit of Ajuga mixed in there too, but it blends in. The English Ivy and ornamental grass in the square planter are new, replacing some Jasmine that died out this winter, presumably from the cold.
And mom, this one is for you. One of the beautiful blue Iris that traveled in my suitcase from your garden in California to mine in Alabama, almost seven years ago. I have many more light purple ones, and a few dark purple, but this color is my favorite!