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Sights and Sounds At Easter

Iris germanica ‘Orinoco Flow’

It is a beautiful Easter weekend in Chapel Hill. We will wait to see how the hydrangeas do but otherwise the garden survived a couple nights of below freezing temperatures. Iris germanica ‘Orinoco Flow’ is the second iris to appear this spring. It opened just before the cold snap but looked cheerful afterwards.

Soon gracefully nodding columbine flowers will be open everywhere in the garden, as well as in  many places beyond where it decided to wander. This first one to open is homesteading in a south-facing position next to the drive.

Aquilegia canadensis (Eastern red columbine)

This past week I have watched peonies rising with amazing speed. Peony ‘Coral Charm’ is always the most eager to bloom.

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’ (Coral Charm Peony)

I counted a dozen buds.

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’ (Coral Charm Peony)

Here are a few flowers and a video with birdsong from yesterday’s Instagram post.


My husband and I went retro yesterday and colored eggs for the first time in many years. If you are looking for a creative way to be in the present moment, I recommend dye. Watching its transformation brings on a true sense of awe and wonder.  Wishing you all a wonderful Spring day on this Easter Sunday.

Easter Eggs

A Week of Flowers – Day Two

Antirrhinum majus ‘Speedy Sonnet White’ (Snapdragon)

Recently Bavarian gardener Cathy of Words and Herbs suggested posting a week of flowers, one or more photos a day of our flowers and gardens to brighten and cheer us all.

Last April a cluster of snapdragons the northern border bloomed and bloomed, providing vase material as well as framing the meditation circle with lusciousness. The dark-red-leaved plants in the circle are Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ (Beardtongue).

Antirrhinum majus ‘Speedy Sonnet White’ (Snapdragon) – April 23, 2020

By May 23 the penstemon was in full bloom and bees were enjoying it, birds were serenading. Watch closely and you might detect a ruby-throated hummingbird fly along the fence to feed on some columbine just above the blue pot (10-28 seconds). It flies behind the penstemon before emerging right by me (55 second-mark), just visible in upper far-left corner.