The day was grey, damp and cool but it made the colors of the garden look to brilliant: pinks, greens, purples and whites. You can still see some drops. The sweet peony has been crawling with ants, about to burst open in a marvelous bloom. They say the ants help it open up but I can't say for sure. It looks better if you click to enlarge the photos.
My purple iris have bloomed now. I still need to get that bird bath topper on but my back has been bad and it's pretty heavy. It's really a cat bath though. They jump up on it spreading out their paws around the top so no water actually gets on their paws!
Our fountain pump bit the dust. We'll have to get a new one. We found this in a crazy place called Gringo Jones. You need to click on their LINK just to see it. It's down in the city next to the Bug House, near our botanical gardens and the place is absolutely packed with STUFF. They have vintage gates, antiques, new stuff that is weird but cool, imports, huge statues, stained glass, furniture. Amazing place.
This is really aluminum so light enough to install easily and remove when we need to clean it out. It's not really losing it's paint. That's hard water deposit from the well water.
This is our stump that finally fell over in the last year or two. It has nice lines to it so I let it be.
The hostas are doing very well, in fact they are doing so well I'll have to divide them again this fall. Can you believe they started from a few teeny plants, probably from Wal-Mart.
The cats come by and drink water that rests on their leaves. It's a favorite wasp drinking spot too.
This is the next peony bloom over, a little ahead of it's sister.
Hopefully we don't have a frost tonight, temperatures are dropping! They are supposed to be 36 in the city sooooo, we may-- but I hope not.
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