snushy

The weather the last few days hasn’t been able to make up its mind about what season it is. We had snow, rain, freezing rain, ice, slush, and temps ranging from very cold to over 40F.

garden in snow and slush

This weirdness made for some good photo-taking opportunities, though.

garden in snow and slush

I’m sure there’s some way to have Lightroom accentuate the bokeh on this shot so the background would fade away more, but I’m not sure how to do it. I just love the water droplets. They looked like little gems.

garden in snow and slush

This one is super-over-zoomed but the way that an Allium is visible inside the water droplet was too cool not to share.

garden in snow and slush

It’s crazy that one of the Butterfly Bushes still has leaves this green on it, isn’t it?

garden in snow and slush

And speaking of green, this Vinca is in total denial about the fact that it’s winter.

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ally-oop

Allium are one of my favorite things to grow. The seeds are super easy to save and they bloom reliably without much attention. Because of these things, I have quite a lot of Allium in the gardens!

allium

One of their not-quite-as-awesome features is that they attract a lot of flies, because – did you know? – flies pollinate Allium! So when I go to take pictures I have to shoo them away every few minutes. As much as I appreciate the pollination and that every creature plays a part in the garden ecosystem, they aren’t very cute!

allium

One of my favorite weird-ish things about Allium are that they will often send up one extra-long shoot, like the one pictured below. This gives them a little bit of Seussiness to my eye. Makes for a neat bokeh shot, too.

allium

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show me the way to go gnome

I picked up some cheapo doll eyeglasses at Joann over the weekend and was delighted to find that they almost fit Blythe. They are so cheap that they don’t want to stay on without help (thank you, hair clippies!), but they’re about the right size.

Willow

I’ve seen eyeglasses for Blythe sell for upwards of $20 online, so for $3, I’ll take it. Though I could definitely do a better job of getting them on straight next time.

eyeing the allium

I got these two little gnomes at Comic Con last year and they fit perfectly in the pockets of this dress. Nice!

gnome in pocket

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identified

Last fall I planted a bunch of stuff that I’d gotten on super-duper sale from Breck’s, Michigan Bulb, and Springhill Nursery. A lot of them were bulbs and some were in mixed bunches. So this spring I’ve had things coming up that I couldn’t identify, but now that they’re blooming I’m getting somewhere.

These cute pink things started coming up recently and I’ve now figured out that they are Alpine Rosy Bells (Allium oreophilum):

Alpine Rosy Bells

Alpine Rosy Bells

Alpine Rosy Bells

I’ve also now learned that they are also known as Pink Lily Leek and are native to Eastern Turkestan. They spread rapidly in a clumping habit, so hopefully they’ll fill in through this area over time.

garage-side garden

And if you’re interested in getting some, Breck’s has them on sale, 12 bulbs for $2.31.

More photos on Flickr

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sleeping in the flowers

Well, not really. It’s another rainy day, but I’m glad to see that it’s helping a lot of our flowers bloom. I didn’t plant these iris and tulips together on purpose, but they compliment each other nicely.

tulips and iris

I am totally digging these variegated tulips. I can’t remember when I planted them or where I got them, but they are really pretty.

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My lone allium is getting ready to bloom. It looks neat with rainwater on it.

allium

And I think this tulip looks like a baby bird beak does poking up out of a nest.

tulip beak

More photos at Flickr, n’est-ce pas.

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