Monday, April 16, 2012

Garden Gifts - April GBBD

How wonderful it is to be in the garden again. To see the plants and flowers emerging and filling in the  gaps is pure joy.

Colors emerge in jewel colors.

Wild Iris



Wild Iris

Even buds showing a bit of color offer a pleasant surprise.

Iris

Small, yet beautiful, blooms are tucked in corners around the garden.

Andromeda

Solomon's Seal

Herbs are blooming.

Chives

Yarrow

I just planted some annuals that add nice color in containers.

Calibrachoa

Gerbera Daisy

Many of the roses are budding, but a few are now beginning to bloom.

Rose Pink Knock-out

Clematis is beginning to bloom.

Clematis, Crystal Fountain

What is blooming in your garden?

I am joining May Dreams Garden for Garden Blogger's Bloom Day. Stop by her blog to see what is blooming in gardens all around the world.

I am joining Diana at Elephant's Eye Garden for Dozen for Diana.

I am joining Holly of Your Gardening Friend for Friday's Photo Blog Hop.
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I am hosting the Earth Day Reading Project blog meme again this year to celebrate Earth Day. The Earth Day Reading Project is a month long blog meme where bloggers are asked to share in a post what books:

- inspired them to live or garden more sustainably - or -
- inspire their love of nature

and then post it to the meme. If you would like to join in, click the image below:

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54 comments:

  1. Absolutely gorgeous colors! I love those wild irises.

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    1. Thank you, Karin. They are quickly becoming some of my favorites.

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    2. I have two iris in pots, which my mother got for me from a friend who is passionate about her garden. In the retirement village where they live, the friend has guerilla gardened a chunk across the road as well.
      The potted iris are looking at me thru slitted eyes ...

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  2. Stunning colors, Michelle. Love 'em all, but that pretty yellow wild iris stole my heart!

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    1. Thanks, Ann. They are really shining at this time of year when there are not that many things blooming yet.

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    1. Thanks, Karen. Spring is surprising at every turn with color and blooms.

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  4. Those are amazing flowers and some I wish I had...I saw my chive flowers and allium starting...flowers just pop up every day...amazing

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    1. I agree, Donna, there is something new to see every day...I love it!

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  5. I love Iris! such a lovely flower!
    Nice shots on the flowers in your garden!

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    1. Thank you, Malar. Many of my irises are blooming now...love this time of year.

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    1. Thank you, Sharon. I love the colors of spring.

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  7. I do love your beautiful irises. I see that we have several plants in common - such as Knock Out roses, calibrachoa, yarrow, and gerberas. It's interesting that so many plants translate very well to different areas and different climates.

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    1. I always find that interesting as well. I think some plants are more versatile than others. I am glad these are...

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  8. So much rich, bright, beautiful color! Your photos are wonderful!

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    1. Thank you, garden girl. There is so much happening in the garden now.

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  9. Mmmm, I love the Gerbera shot--they are gorgeous, aren't they! Happy belated GBBD!

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    1. I am enjoying this time of year with all the blooms popping up.

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  10. Everything looks so, so beautiful. The colors are wonderful and cheerful.
    Unfortunately I'm far far away from being a good gardener, I only have a couple of red bloomed tulips in my garden but I love them , they are my other babies :)

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    1. I, too, see many of my plants in my garden as my babies. I bet your tulips are lovely.

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  11. What a dream to have such beautiful, royal shades of iris! And the way you've photographed them is fantastic.

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    1. Thank you, Amy. At this time of year, I do appreciate it all.

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  12. The blue of those wild Irises is absolutely fab!

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    1. Thanks, Bridget. I tend to gravitate to those colors as well.

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  13. What gorgeous blooms you are sporting in this posting. I love all of the wild irises and the Andromeda blooms are adorable. I love that little speck of red on the blooms. Have a lovely week.

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    1. Thank you, Lona. The colors are making me smile this spring.

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  14. Beautiful flowers. I heard those knock out roses are the best kind to get. The color of the Iris is amazing. Looks like the color of a peacock.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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    1. Thanks, Sheri. I love the colors of peacocks...nice to hear they are in my garden.

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  15. These are beautiful photographs, Michelle. Some of my plants have opened early, but I continue to wait for my iris and yarrow to bloom. It will be worth the wait!

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    1. My yarrow is just on the precipice...soon those lovely colors will shine.

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  16. Lovely blooms. Lovely photos. Love that close up look of the clematis!

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    1. Thanks, Holley. I love photographing at this time of year.

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  17. Beautiful macros. I always love the header photo when I visit. It is a wondrous spring!

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    1. Thank you, Greggo! It is a wondrous spring...I am enjoying it!

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  18. I love your close-ups, especially that close-up view of yarrow! It looks unreal. Your garden is so far along - clematis already, wow.

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    1. The yarrow is very close to blooming...I can't wait.

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  19. Oh wow, the colour just hit me between the eyes. Such a delight! congratulations on beautiful photography.

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    1. Thank you, Alistair. I love photographing the garden...helps me to enjoy it twice..

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  20. Your macro shots are all stunning! You capture the blooms perfectly and I feel as though I could touch them. I too, have Crystal Fountain and absolutely love that Clematis.
    Enjoy your photo's and garden tremendously. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. That variety of clematis is one of my favorites. It seems to have more texture than many of the others. Thank you for your kind comments.

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  21. Stunning photos, as always. Thanks so much for sharing them with us.

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  22. Fantastic photos. You have so many blooms already! Further north I'm lagging way behind but spring is definitely in the air and it's wonderful.

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    1. Thank you, Marguerite. Each stage is so interesting and enjoyable. I enjoyed seeing your stage where things are just emerging...lovely!

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  23. Your photos are absolutely stunning. Wonderful colours.

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    1. Thank you, Crystal. Spring offers so much to work with.

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  24. Gorgeous photos, Michelle! All the beautiful colors of spring are such a welcome sight after the drab browns of winter. My irises are just budding; you've made me anxious to see them bloom.

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    1. Thank you, Rose. I love seeing the bold color of irises at this time of year.

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  25. It appears as though your garden is FULL of color. Your photography is impressive too: I LOVE the photos of the chives and the second photo of the closed blue iris. I have iris in my garden but most have not bloomed yet. They're such a beautiful flower.

    Thanks for linking up to Friday's Photo too. It's encouraging to me. Hope to see you link up again. :)

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  26. Lovely flowers, wonderful pictures....!!

    garden gifts

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'I see trees of green, red roses, too
I see 'em bloom for me and for you
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world'
--What a Wonderful World

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