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A May Morning


Quince with logo













This week has been basically wet with not much sunshine.  The grass is growing quickly and so too the dandelions.   I was out early this morning to take some photos.   This one is the flowering quince just coming into bloom.  This is such a pretty shrub in the garden but on more than one occasion we have had thoughts of taking it out as it has become too happy in its space and is encroaching onto everything else in the garden.   It does not want to play nice.

dwarf purple iris with logo

This dwarf purple iris was all by its lonesome out in the flowerbed.  I don’t have a name for him but he is a pretty colour.

Japanese maple leaves with logo

The Japanese Maple has survived another winter.  When I purchased it he was an inexpensive plant and I expected that it would not last in my zone and garden but here it is putting out its beautiful red leaves.  The rabbit gave it a pruning over the winter despite the fact that we put a guard around the trunk. 

It is to be a busy weekend as our Master Gardener plant sale is on this weekend.   Today is pricing and organizing.    I am joining Laura at Blogging from Bolivia for Macro Friday and Tootsie for Fertilizer Friday.    Have a great weekend.   Check out some garden sales this weekend.  Valerie


I fell in love with Japanese Maples on a recent visit to Oregon! They are so beautiful and that amazing soft texture just adds to the beauty. Now I'm scheming to see if there is any way I can get them to grow in my own gardens... :)
Michelle said…
Love that Japanese Maple!!! I like your blog, too. Mine is very similar. :)
Gorgeous photo of the quince. We have quince that is over 45 years old in our yard. It is quite the chore to keep them managed, but they provide such a nice habitat for birds that I couldn't do without them :) Have a great sale weekend!
Lona said…
Hi Valerie. Your Japanese Maple has such lovely leaves. I am sorry to hear your report on your Flowering Quince especially since I just planted one. LOL! It is still a baby so maybe I have a few years before it takes over. Have a wonderful weekend.
I love the colour of your quince. My Japanese Maple is also thriving, has never looked better. Have a wonderful time at the plant sale.
Linda Makiej said…
Wonderful macro!!
podso said…
We are thinking of getting that kind of maple to replace some trees we had to remove ... I'm just not sure I like the color, Your photos are beautiful!
Marydon said…
G'day V ~ Our Japanese maple I adore ... the colors seasonally are awesome.

Oh,my QUINCE ... this is an old floral bush that is rarely seen anymore. I have many wonderful childhood memories of my other's love affair with Quince in her bouquets.

Your iris is gorgeous.

Yes, the rains came, stayed & wore their welcome out. The grass is 58 feet high, wellll,not quite ... everything is lush, green & growing like weeds. Now today is the beginning of the heat wave.

Have a beautiful day ~
Anonymous said…
Everything looks about the same there as here. Nice photos.
Fabulous photos. I just love the color of the quince!

What a wonderful time of year - iris, tree peonies, Japanese primrose,.... Now if I can just keep up with the deadheading!
maiaT said…
Can't you just prune the quince? It is such a beauty in spring.

I'm seeing more and more young Japanese maple trees in peoples' gardens these day. They have a very beautiful foliage indeed, no wonder it is trendy.
Those star shaped leaves in the last photo are very beautiful.

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