More Bearded Irises

As promised, I have more bearded irises to show this week. These past few weeks have been a real treat to discover new flowers in the garden!

The garden is bursting with all kinds of wonderful things that I haven’t seen since last spring. There were also things that I thought were long dead because they didn’t come up last year but came back this year. I’m so glad I didn’t dig them up. Moral of the story is that: don’t dig or throw out dead looking plants until after two seasons!!!

“Montmartre” Bearded Irises

“Wine Festival” Bearded Irises

NO ID Bearded Irises

This container had two kinds of bearded irises growing and both of which I have no idea what they are called because I inherited it from my mother-in-law after she passed away.

” Loveliness” Lavatera Trimestris

This is the plant I mentioned earlier about it coming back this year after looking dead for a whole season. It came back and grew three times bigger and more prolific than ever! The bush is about 3 feet tall with hundreds of flowers and buds.

Lord Waggles is taking a break from eating figs. My dogs kept stealing figs off of our tree and they have done it for years. I read that figs promote digestive and heart health.

Anyway, those are all the new irises this week. There are more to come. See you soon! Have a nice weekend!

The Descent of a Slug

This is a true story of how a slug can drop from a 15 inches high table and still survive.

A few days ago I noticed a brown blob on my dog’s cream-colored coat. I looked at it closely to make sure it wasn’t poop because my dog likes to roll around in the grass, usually in the same places his brother Hunter pooped. I saw that it was this tiny baby slug on Lord Waggles back. I picked it off gently and placed him on a piece of paper to take it outside later. I left it on the coffee table that is about 15 inches tall.

Lord Waggles and Hunter

After about 10 minutes or so, I looked down, expecting the slug to be somewhere near the spot where I left him, saw that he had disappeared. Then I saw him dangling off the coffee table about 3 inches from the ground. He was held up by a very thin line of his own slime. See pictures below.

If you noticed, his antennas were pointing down, and that was what he landed gracefully down on. It was a slow, flawless landing. I was in awe of this creature. I didn’t know they could do that!

Rest assured, I took him outside after that landing.

This goes to show you how great and innovative God is when He made these creatures, giving them and us the ability to survive…in many conditions we thought not possible!

Garden, Flowers, and Dogs

Last week I said I was going wordless in the last post but I ended up ranting a whole lot. I was planning to make this wordless too but I find that I can’t resist giving you some write-up about some of the interesting things you will see in this post. Enjoy the flowers and my colorful garden, flowers, and dog.

The two landscape photos of my garden below are my favorites. I am in awe of the colors and the sunset giving it a beautiful glow.

Dutch Iris getting ready to bloom

Italian Ranunculus “Striato Giallo”

“Red Baron” peach tree blossoms

“Babcock” peach tree blossoms

Cerinthe Major

Anemone “Italian Mistral” that refuses to open so we can only enjoy side views

This interesting plant below is my ornamental kale grown in the spring of 2021. I first mentioned it here. It has now evolved into this fascinating plant I imagined would be found in the ocean. It looks like two flowers are trying to grow in this plant but since they didn’t have room to expand, they are a bit misshapen. The branch is about 3 feet long and circled at the bottom like a snake.

The picture below is of the kale originally in December 2021.