A Spring Day

Today is a beautiful Spring day and some new flowers decided to open.  The Amaryllis that I got at a plant exchange put up two stalks and all four flowers opened at the same time.

This Iris was found in a mulch delivery many years ago.

These big bees are everywhere.  I haven’t been able to photograph them, but there are Robins singing in the trees.  They are probably refueling for their trip north.  The Ruby Throated Hummingbirds have arrived.

Happily, the next generation of Monarch butterflies are in the making.

I’ve had several Monarch butterflies floating around the garden.  This one seems a bit beat up.  Maybe it made the flight from Mexico.  Can you see the caterpillar on the leaf?

I hope you can find some beauty in your day.


Mulch Pile Iris

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Sometimes gifts just appear.  Always on the lookout for a plant to work in the Automatic Garden, this Iris grew out of a newly delivered pile of mulch  17 years ago.  It was plucked out of the mulch, planted in a bed and has even been moved to a new property.  It certainly has met the criteria to stay in the Automatic Garden.

 


A Spring Day

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There is nothing more wonderful than garden surprises.  This was blooming in a patch of Walking Iris.  It has never bloomed before and where it came from is a mystery.

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With more buds, it will be blooming for days to come.

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An early spring bloomer.  It has a scent and the bees love it.

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This plant has a sprawling habit, but is a reliable bloomer even after a freeze.  Unfortunately, its name has been lost.  Any help identifying these two would be appreciated.

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Cedar Waxwings also visited the Automatic Garden today.  They took time out from eating red berries for something tasty on this Bradford Pear.

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This Kalnachoe was purchased in a grocery store two years ago.  It came with an expiration date and has survived long after its time.  The plant became leggy, so it was trimmed and cuttings were stuck in a pot.  Now it is more beautiful than before.

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Another garden surprise showed up.  These Johnny Jump-Ups reseeded themselves.  In the Automatic Garden the soil is rarely disturbed and it allows plants to self-sow.