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June 01, 2022


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Your flowers are beautiful and will be more beautiful as the summer progresses. You are making your corner of the world better every day! Love it!


With sunshine and warmth your new plants will fill in nicely. Watching them transform and create a nice floral display will be very satisfying. Your cool blue and deep purple bearded iris are real beauties. Mari is watching you very closely. She's probably thinking: You better not disappear on me again. It's raining and cool here for the next few days and does not feel like June.


I love bearded irises. Lucky you.

Doug M

I really like that corner in the morning with the dappling shadows... very zen. It's photos like that that make me regret not buying a home on the ground in my younger days. Marg I hope you're feeling better!

Donna W

It looks like the virus is here to stay. On the positive side, I have learned to be happy staying home most of the time.

Karen Sullivan

Your flowers are beautiful!!! I love geraniums--they are one of my favorites. Your backyard looks so serene.

Hope you're feeling better.


It will be nice to have some pops of color here and there around the house!

Jenni Elyse

Those deep purple irises are gorgeous. It's flowers like those that make me wish I had my own yard to plant things. While I do own my townhome, the yard is maintained by the HOA. I could plant flowers but it's not worth it now since we're in the process of selling. I'll just admire yours from afar.

Joanne Noragon

The iris are too lovely. Good luck on yard work II.


We are not as fussy anymore about our garden and planters. This year we just put a couple of petunias in our various containers. They’ll grow and show some colour.

DrumMajor Linda in Kansas

Your iris look grand! KC is waiting for sunshine; we've had way too much rain. Linda in Kansas


My threshold for shorts wearing begins at 60.

Arkansas Patti

Love that corner bed. Great idea and would make mowing a lot easier. Enjoy watching everything prosper.

Ally Bean

Flowers are good. Colors are wonderful. Waiting is tiring.


I'm pretty much finished planting, I think. We'll see. I still want to find some praire crocuses but haven't found any yet.

You'll enjoy the flowers:)

Tonya Watkins

You will blink your eyes and those flowers will take off! It doesn't seem like I planted mine all that long ago and they are "rioting!" I LOVE being on the deck with them and looking out my window at them! Get yourself some Osmocote and sprinkle it in the containers, stir around in the top layers of the soil, and water it in. It's a great fertilizer that'll last throughout the summer and annuals love it.

While I do love the dark purple irises, I have to say there is something soothing and serene and lovely about the lavender.


Wow! I haven't' been on since before you left for your grandson's birthday and here you are back and planting flowers and showing us your gorgeous iris'
hope your mom is doing ok after her fall. Gosh, it's a worry as they age. You are so blessed to still have your mom at 66 years old. I lost my dad when I was 27 and mom when I was 49. :-(
So glad your daughters are doing well and OD got a good job and YD is busy and seems happy. How long until your OD and family move there now? not long I'm thinking. Yard work just never ends. I was out mowing last night with the 10 million mosquitoes we have and it was cold and damp and my discharge chute kept plugging up, I finally gave up.
Your grandson had an adorable cake. Right up his alley for sure. Wendy


I love your irises, especially those shades of lavender and purple! I'm embarrassingly bad at knowing flower names, but that's probably due to not having a house and planting flowers on a regular basis. Your yard is lovely. ooooh mower marks always look nice, too. :)


All gardeners work better with a four-legged supervisor. That's my theory, anyway. :)


You are such a hard worker. I do love geraniums because they used to be easier to grow in Illinois. I wonder why more people don't plant them here in Hawaii.

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