So lots of bees, and some nefarious soul decided they needed one of the cobblestones from my front stairs. Not just any stone, but one that was supporting quite a few of the other stones that made walking up to the house possible.
|bottom center, you can still see the squished mud where it sat...|
A least no one has stolen my black irises this year.
I somehow forgot to take pictures of the majority of my flowering shrubs this spring (you know, probably because spring lasted about a week this year). Although they were hit hard by this crazy winter, the ongoing pruning and weeding has made them quite lovely and robust, and I'm glad I gave them a few years to recover from the decades of neglect. The winter also decimated the ivy covering our front berm. While I'm not a huge fan of it, there are far worse things - for instance, the honeysuckle that I've been on a three year campaign of terror against. The out of control honeysuckle was one of the main culprits for all the dieback of the original shrubs back when we bought the house, and it's taken the opportunity provided by the mostly dead ivy to come back with a vengeance. Luckily the ivy's starting to recover, but it will be a long summer weeding...
|irises blooming for the first time since|
owning the house (divided them last year)
|delicious mock orange!|
|I wish I could insert the smell!|
|Poison ivy? I guess there's worse things than honeysuckle|