Pond is cleaned and the fishing is good...!
We dumped four bags of sand and a bag of rocks into it, since I am no longer able to kneel and clean out the bottom of the pond. So we raised the bottom, which is now reachable for me, well mostly.
Pond maintenance is an issue, I'm hoping the frogs will move back in even though it is shallow.
To the right the Viburnum is bursting! Best kind of snowballs for Chicagoland. I have Nasturtiums from seed in the planter in front
This tree is about 25 years old. Last year I cleaned out all the dead wood and opened up the center area---and more blooms than ever.
Around the pond, are Iris, two Lime Barberry.
they are gorgeous this year...
I can't stop taking photos of them...
Sunshine in ruffles....
Planted pots...I forget the name of the purple plant, something new for us with Zinnias and a red geranium.
I still have two Peppermint to plant---a bee deterrent for our 'people spots, designated for the front porch.
Our focal pot at the base of the stairs, lots of plants in here, Wave Petunia, Hibiscus, 2 kinds of Sweet Potato Vine and some seeded flowers.
Lots of green right now under our Maple tree, the copper colored plant lower left is a Carmel Coral Bells. The green in front is a Creeping Sedum transplanted the last two years from other areas in the yard. Hostas were grown from starts 10 for $5.99 last year, except for the super large one.
I'm amazed at how large these variegated Hosta got in one year.
My mosaic bowling ball---from post here:Garden Mosaics Class
Here the Iris are more purple than blue.
The super large Hosta on the right we purchased several years ago, and it gets humungous.
A planter with Liatris from bulbs, a Wave Petunia, Burgundy Cordyline and a Rust Coleus. all these plants will be very large and will be moved into the center of this bed, when we get the old bush branches out!
Not much is blooming yet in the backyard. I do choose a lot of variegated plants for interest in shady spots with a few Impatiens and more Lime Coral Bells.
Along the fence the Hollyhocks are going crazy and our Giant Hostas. I have some squash and Sunflowers in here also, and other seeded flowers.
The front walk is just getting started, with yellow, red, purple flowers and lime green and purple Sweet Potato Vines. I haven't found any reasonable viney plants for the trellises yet.
The new shelf on the front of the garage which replaced an old bench, is still not finished. I need some other interesting things. This spot gets lots of sun and heat.
And the mail box is planted: Wave Petunias, Vinca transplants, Salvia, and yellow Marigolds.
What's Blooming in your Neck of the Woods?
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