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My back garden is dominated by the larkspur. I should thin it out to let other plants thrive, but they are so pretty I can’t bring myself to do it!

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Narrow Leaf Coneflower – The only one I seem to have luck with

The Natives are Restless

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Native Prickly Pear

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Frog Fruit

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Blanketflower

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Mexican Hat – My favorite

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Milkweed Vine

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Sunflowers – Popping up everywhere

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No idea what this little guy is, but the clear petals are very unique

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Finishing off with my new yard art!

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April 2014 Bloom Day

Rise N Shine

Rise N Shine

After two hail storms in a week and a dip into the 30s last night, I’m happy that anything is blooming at all. To show just what a crazy spring it’s been, I looked at last years bloom day pics and found all the same blooms for 3/15. I hope summer follows spring and is a month behind this year too. Wishful thinking!

Thanks to Carol from May Dreams for hosting Bloom Day.

Roses

Livin Easy

Livin Easy

Martha Gonzales

Martha Gonzales

Bulbs

Clusiana Tulips

Clusiana Tulips

Narcissus

Narcissus

Had to go into the greenhouse for this one

Satsuma

Satsuma

Wildflowers

Prairie Rose

Pink Primrose

Bluebonnets

Bluebonnets

Back Yard

Cemetery Iris

Cemetery Iris

California Poppy

California Poppy

Possumhaw Holly

Possumhaw Holly

Columbine

Columbine

A few new additions from this past weekend

Samantha Lantana

Samantha Lantana

LIlac Hibiscus

Lilac Hibiscus

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And the winner is …

Mutabalis – My first rose bloom of the year

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I fell in love with this rose bush when I visited a fellow bloggers garden.
http://playinoutside.blogspot.com/

She had hers shaped into a 5-6 foot tree and it was in full bloom, stunning.

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Today ended up much chillier than I anticipated, and with the drizzle, I wasn’t feeling too motivated to garden.

I took pictures instead (and attended a hands-on a bee class – post to come later)

My MIL worked tirelessly last weekend and this Saturday helping me clean up around the yard. Last weekend was the vegetable garden.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Onions, Carrots, Lettuce, Melons, Squash, Peppers

Onions, Carrots, Lettuce, Melons, Squash, Peppers

Newly planted pepper bed

Newly planted pepper bed

First Squash - pass-along from Ms. Black, my daughter's FFA teacher

First Squash – pass-along from Ms. Black, my daughter’s FFA teacher

First Tomato

First Tomato

Beans and corn planted yesterday

Beans and corn planted yesterday

Yesterday was the back yard, weeding, raking, and general cleanup.

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Finally got my garden gates back from the powder coater, just in time for my climbing rose to take off.

Finally got my garden gates back from the powder coater, just in time for my climbing rose to take off.

Grape Hyacinth

Grape Hyacinth

California Poppy - I miss these from Phoenix, and finally have my own

California Poppy – I miss these from Phoenix, and finally have my own

Next I took a tour outside the fence, trying to capture wildflowers

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Our lambs grazing in the background

Our lambs grazing in the background

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My garden helpers — These guys follow me around everywhere. The guineas are usually in 3s, but today she was off wandering.

Carl

Carl

Guinea Hen

Guinea Hen

Checking on some of the poultry …

Our 3 peafowl, we don't know the sex yet, no full tails until 2 years of age

Our 3 peafowl, we don’t know the sex yet, no full tails until 2 years of age

Gobbling with me ... a favorite pasttime

Gobbling with me … a favorite pasttime

Waiting for scratch?

Waiting for scratch?

And on to the orchard

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First peach!

First peach!

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Bloom Day 2/14

The garden is only a few weeks from some impressive blooms, but for now this will have to do.

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My first bulb of the season – Hyacinth

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My first apple bloom — ever
Type – Anna

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Amethyst Calla Lily
Is it cheating if I just planted it this weekend? I couldn’t pass these up when I saw them at The Natural Gardener. They are very cold tender, but I’m ok with something this pretty being an annual.

Since I’m low on blooms this month, I’ll add my new yard art.

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Costco for under $40, hard to beat this price. I’ve been wanting one of these spinners for a while.

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Found this at “Antiques and Things” on 290W. If you’ve never stopped by it’s a great little place and he’s always got something new.

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I bought this bench there as well several months ago. We finally got around to painting it and puting it back together.

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Painted to match the shutters.

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