An Uprising

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There is an uprising of sorts going on around here.
Above: Tree peony, Paeonia suffruticosa ‘Kamata Fuji’, maybe.

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It involves the reaching of stems for the sky, pardner.
Above: The view from under the garage deck.

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It is a happy striving, searching for the unobstructed sun.
Above: Iris ‘Cinnamon Girl’ looking sweet and spicy.

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Spikes punctuate the space….
Above: Kniphofia caulescens nearing the zenith. Hummingbirds have been seen visiting this spike, looking for an opening from which to dine.

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…Holding promises of petals.
Above: Gladiolus byzantinus held erect with a fence of hazel.

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In the lawn/meadow, a joyous sight makes us want to sing…
Above: Crimson clover, Trifolium incarnatum, click here for more.

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The Dianthus are dancing…, click here for more.

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Towers of tiny trumpets rise to the heights.
Above: Scilla peruviana, not from Peru but referring to a ship by that name that was the first to bring bulbs to England from Spain, by the taxonomist Linnaeus. Added: This beautiful plant is native to Portugal, actually. Thanks to Jaime of Jardim Suspenso for setting the record straight!

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The gardener walks up and down and all around the paths, often getting down eye to eye to better view the process.
Above: Tradescantia virginiana, a native now approaching invasive weed status here.

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The deciduous azaleas welcome all the revelers along the Azalea Walk.

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Hummingbirds and butterflies enjoy the crowds of colorful, cheering cups. A well placed chair nearby allows for some comfy photojournalism.

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It is a free for all!

Frances

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18 Responses to An Uprising

  1. Carol says:

    Beautiful garden. It is uplifting to see it so full and lush!

    Hi Carol, thanks so much. It lifts my spirits to see and be in the garden, too.
    Frances

  2. Spectacular! I’m in Boston this weekend, so I’m visiting early spring all over again.

    Hi Marian, thanks for stopping by here and visiting later spring while you enjoy a month or two of backward time travel in Boston.
    Frances

  3. What a glorious abundance of beauty…so much to revel in! Hubba, hubba, about your ‘Cinnamon Girl’…she is frilly and fancy and totally fetching. And what a treat it must be to gaze upon and amble about through your Azalea Walk…those blooms are all stunning.

    Hi Michaele, thanks for those kind words and following along the garden paths with me. Cinnamon Girl is one of the most reliable bloomers of the iris we grow. They all seem a little erratic about blooming, but she is always there. I have been massing those in one spot in the Gravel Garden, near the Husker Red Penstemons over the years. The Azaleas have also had a good year with the cooler temps and abundant (HA) rain.
    Frances

  4. gail says:

    It’s a beautiful free for all! Just what the eyes and spirit needed this morning. Than you dear. xoxogail

    Hi Gail, thanks for joining me today. The sun is shining right now, that is just what I needed!
    xoxoxo
    Frances

  5. pbmgarden says:

    Frances, your deciduous azaleas are the prettiest I’ve ever seen. So lovely! I was interested to see your comment about Tradescantia virginiana, as I have been battling it for the past five years and it is still going strong. I love the little flowers this time of year though. Susie

    Hi Susie, thanks for visiting. That spiderwort is way too prolific here. That said, it will grow in places that nothing else will, and that can also be a problem. It also has roots that must be miles long, I can never get it all. Very pretty blue and sometimes more reddish purple, too. I usually cut most of it to the ground so the other stuff has a chance to grow, winning the battle but losing the war.
    Frances

  6. christy says:

    Hi Frances…It’s so interesting to see what is blooming in your garden since we are in the same time zone. My Glads are still only about a foot tall and there are no buds on my Red Hot Poker. I just LOVE the Cinnamon Girl Iris and those Azaleas are gorgeous…absolutely beautiful colors. We recently drove to Birmingham and all along the highways in Alabama we saw red clover. Now I know that it must be Crimson Clover. I told my hubby that we would have to get some because it was so beautiful. I always enjoy “visiting” your gardens!

    Hi Christy, thanks for stopping by. We saw fields of the crimson clover used as a cover crop in Florida one year. I love the red blobs of it and was pleased to see 5 lb bags of seed sold cheaply at our local Co-op store. This year I sowed the seed in November, it germinated quickly and wintered over just fine to be blooming and tall now, just what I had hoped for.
    Frances

  7. Jaime says:

    Cilla peruviana is actually a native Plant of my country, it´s now called Portuguese squil, as a common name ..I have lots of them in my garden and now it´s the time they flower! by the way, I LOVE your blog!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portuguese_Squill
    http://www.flora-on.pt/index.php?q=Scilla+peruviana

    Thanks Jaime! I will add this information to the post.
    Frances

    • Jaime says:

      Thank you Frances for adding the Information about the Portuguese Squill, and also my own blog 🙂 Thanks!

      My pleasure, Jaime. I love it when someone sets the facts straight in my posts!
      Frances

  8. Cyndi says:

    Your gardens are just beautiful!
    Smiles, cyndi

    Thanks, Cyndi, and smiles back to you!

  9. Rose says:

    The best kind of uprising of all! I sure hope Mr. Rabbit doesn’t spoil the party, though. Your azaleas are just gorgeous!

    Thanks, Rose. There is plenty here for the rabbit, he/she seems more intent on the weeds, thank goodness. The azaleas and many things are having a great year. Cool and rainy, I love it too.
    Frances

  10. Norma says:

    Now this is an ‘uprising’ I can live with!!! Absolutely gorgeous! The tree peony should be named ‘Fascination’ as it is totally fascinating!! The spiderwort earned the status ‘invasive’ years ago in my garden – even though it is pretty in bloom. I planted it thinking it would make a beautiful little splotch of color . . .little did I know how soon it would escape from it’s desginaged area – now I’m even digging it from the lawn! When visitors say “I want some of that” – even though I’m happy to share any of my plants, I discourage them from taking the spiderwort without strong warning!!! Love the decidious azaleas, too! Heck, I love EVERYTHING in your gardens!

    Hi Norma, thanks for visiting and sharing here. I enjoyed reading your spiderwort story. It is so pretty and the color is divine, but the seeding and spreading make it sort of unwelcome. I can’t seem to dig the whole root and it always returns. There are some natives that are just too happy here!
    Frances

  11. Susie says:

    Gorgeous garden! You and your commenters have me wondering if I am the only person who can manage to murder Spiderwort plants. I love their blue blossoms and was actually hoping that they would spread a little. They only survived two seasons. Your azaleas and irises are especially beautiful.

    Hi Susie, thanks for stopping by. I wonder about your problem with the spiderworts, they do like moisture, but are drought tolerant once established. Not desert plants, though.
    Frances

  12. LOVE the crimson clover, and have been tempted to get some, but is it a favorite of the bunnies? Your azaleas are also magnificent.

    Thanks Jason. We have so many, ahem, weeds here like the white clover and dandelions that the bunnies are very well fed and don’t seem to bother the crimson clover at all. But after 10 lbs of seed, there is plenty for them to munch on if they wanted to.
    Frances

  13. Michele says:

    Your deciduous azaleas are gorgeous! I only have the evergreen variety and three of those I have had to cut down. It was a situation of being way too close to the exterior deck, a planting the result of my predecessor. I miss them this spring because they were so big and full of blooms, over 6 feet tall! I am looking for replacements to plant in a different spot, a variety that will also grow tall. I’ll have to consider a deciduous type based on how pretty yours are. A BIG thank you for the beauty and inspiration your blog brings to me and others, Frances.

    Hi Michele, thanks so much for those kind words. The deciduous azaleas bloom best with at least some sun, and can take all day sun. I hope you find something suitable!
    Frances

  14. An uprising and a free-for-all for sure! So much beauty all around you! Thanks for sharing!

    Hi Beth, thanks for stopping by. I am glad you enjoyed the rally!
    Frances

  15. That was gorgeous, I really enjoyed your peony.

    Thanks, Charlie. The tree peony blooms for such a very short time, even in perfect weather years, but the blooms are like paintings.
    Frances

  16. The azaleas are amazing. It reminds o growing up in the Poconos in PA. Thanks for sharing!

    Thanks for stopping by and the kind words. Having lived fairly close to the Poconos for over a decade and visited there many times, I agree!
    Frances

  17. Wonderful photos! Everything is full and lush over there, despite (or due to) the uprising! Watch out, bunnies!!

    Thanks Shady. It is lush, for certain, with all of this wonderful rain. The bunnies have lots to munch on.
    Frances

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