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  • Just an update on the yard this year. Rained last night, so either I cut the lawn tonight or hope it doesn't rain tonight and cut it tomorrow. Probably tonight.

    But here is a picture of a vase of the first fruits of my flowers. As you can see, my peach, lavender and blended yellow and purple irises are out, several wildflowers have come out in pink, orange and lavender, and my dark red peonies are about ready to burst open. Next week, I will be bringing in a dozen or so peonies once every two or three days for several weeks and the smell will be incredible.

    In case I didn't mention it, one of Sandy's mother's day gifts was a new white tea rose bush that has taken up residence near the pink tea roses. Hopefully it will rebud and blossom before the end of this summer, but I am thinking it might take until next year to fully root down. Roses are funny that way, especially tea roses.

    All other plants are doing well. My hostas are all growing well, and my purple sage from last year is as big as the original plant. The way it spreads, I wouldn't be surprised to find it has taken a quarter of the wildflower garden by the end of the summer, which would not be a bad thing. I love sage.

    Hydrangea's are coming back strong, and our butterfly bush is off to a late start, but beginning to sprout as well.

    The veggie garden is also on track, although I may have to hire a hit dog to chase off a few of the local rabbits. Seems my celery is too tempting for them to ignore.

    Cardinals are back, I've spotted three new males and one of the older ones. The downey woodpecker has been at the seed bar several times, and the wrens are back again, along with a few doves. Hummingbird feeder goes out today.


    Got to run, people to do, things to see...oops, other way around.
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