Today started with patchy sunshine. We worked for awhile on the new kitchen garden, but what I really wanted to share with you today are a few blooms here at Sweet Bee Cottage.
These are some volunteer Dutch Iris growing amidst my William Baffin rose.
These are some of the roses from our front cottage garden. I see I have an aphid problem starting. We try to not use any pesticides in the garden so it looks like I'll need to hose these off. (Baby Bee suggests we get a ladybug to eat all those aphids. What a sweetie!)
One of my favorites - scabiosa, or pincushion flower. I have a couple of spots with these. They have really taken off this year.
I cannot remember the name of this flower. I want to say Jupiter's beard? Do any of you know? I saw it on a garden tour and loved it. Planted it a couple of years ago and nothing much happened. This is the first year we've gotten any blooms. I seem to recall that after I planted it I heard it was hard to manage. We'll see I guess.
Ahhh - I just love iris, don't you? They seem to take care of themselves. This is the only color I have right now, but I'm planting some more colors very soon. (I found some iris rhizomes on clearance at Home Depot today - we'll see how they do.)
This is our lilac. It's specially bred for our warm California winters but it doesn't get quite enough sun so I only get a few blooms on it. I'm not sure transplanting it would be a good idea since it's about 6 feet tall.
And finally some sage I brought in from the front cottage garden. We're using that for dinner tonight. We're having spinach ravioli with a butter, parmesan, and sage sauce tonight.
We're also going to have some strawberries over angel food cake for dessert. My mom (the Sewing Bee) picked up some berries at our local berry stand yesterday. They were SOOOOO gorgeous. I should have taken a picture of them. We ate a lot of them last night with dinner.
What's bloomin' in your part of the country?
Are the strawberry stands up and running? Do you even have those? Everybody should have a strawberry stand to go to, don't you think?
Well it's started raining pretty good now. I hope you are enjoying warm weather or are inside feeling cozy today.
Love your visits! I'll go get some more strawberries for us to share the next time you come by.
Today I'm linking up with Cielo at The House in the Roses for Show Off Your Cottage Monday. Please stop by and see the other cottage delights.