We were blessed with rain this week at Garden on Sherlock Street.
On Thursday, the sun played peek-a-boo with the clouds and this gardener headed outside.
I found the first iris buds forming along the driveway in the forest.
I practically dove into the lilac bush in the front garden to experience the scent completely, but contained myself and walked down the sidewalk to take a photo of it from a completely different angle than I have before.
To the left are Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald 'n Gold.' The taller shrubs to the far left are forsythia finished with their blooms and getting small leaves. There is also a hackberry tree in there, but it is just starting to bud.
A photo from the street shows the lilac and the burning bushes.
The new leaves on the burning bushes are just lovely. Such a pretty green.
I know many places in the south have trouble with burning bushes self seeding every where, but I've never had a volunteer here. I love them for their red foliage in the fall, but these new green leaves deserved a photo too.
This is a success. Last fall I rescued some asters from the lawn. The roots are sending up new sprouts.
During the heat of last summer, I feared the soloman's seal from our amazing gardening neighbor had died, but here it is returning this spring. Although, looking sparse.
The front walk way is lined with grape hyacinths.
At the back end of the forest by the corner where I keep the rain barrels, the lamium is returning.
It's starting to bloom too.
The moon flower is sending up new shoots.
The peas in the raised vegetable beds are looking good.
I am guessing a gourd of some kind got buried here and all the seeds in it have decided to sprout at once.
There are a few tiny green sprouts showing where I planted the milkweed seeds last fall. I am hoping they are milkweed plants.
This was really a surprise.
One of the hardy geraniums is already blooming.
My clematis is proving the saying, "first year it sleeps, second year it creeps, third year it leaps."
This is year three and one tendril is almost to the top of the trellis.
I planted onion sets last week. The ones close together for green onions are coming up like crazy.
Most of my time in the garden Thursday was spent weeding.
I set the camera to take regular photos and moved it around the garden with me. I got a lot of photos without me in the frame, some really bad photos which I deleted and these shots.
This bed had tons of sunflowers sprouting in it, but I don't want sunflowers in this bed so out they came.
The green you see in the foreground is mostly love-in-a-mist. There's a lot of love at GonSS.
I started out keeping my knees out of the mud, but by the end of the day I had muddy knees.
This wild area where the teepee trellises live has a lot of volunteer plants. Keepers and weeds. Here I'm tackling some wild four o'clocks.
I spent most of my time in the alley.
There are self seeding annuals, a few irises and a lot of potential in the alley. Everything growing or planned for the alley is also in the "main" garden. I'm just trying to fill the area with a mix of plants that will look good, won't need mowed like grass and can be replaced if utility crews do any work back here.
We consider the alley area our 'drive through garden.' I tell friends who what to check on what's blooming that drive through hours are sunrise to sunset.
Have a blessed Easter weekend.
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