It’s all too beautiful when the spring sun starts to warm up the earth and the plants respond by showing their first blooms and sprouting forth with lovely fresh new foliage. Gardening buddy Holly from Roses and other Gardening Joys said to me recently that when the first Iris blooms it is officially Spring – so hallelujah Cape Town! It is officially Spring here and this is the beautiful first Iris in bloom in my garden today …

The first Iris to flower in my garden

The buds taken two days agoThe buds taken two days ago

The fully opened bloom todayThe fully opened bloom today

Photo taken from abovePhoto taken from above

The Irises on the cornerThe Irises on the corner

In perspective … the AlleyIn perspective ... the Alley

A last look at the flowerA last look at the flower

I haven’t been able to write about these Louisiana Irises before. They were the last birthday present I got from my Dad last year, just before he died. We ordered the rhizomes from a specialist Iris grower in Johannesburg and they arrived the week before my father went into hospital for an operation from which he did not recover.

I planted the Irises while he was in hospital, worrying about him and then when he passed away I couldn’t find the strength to continue planting them. I gave many away (to my best friend so I will get to see them in her garden and on the blog soon) and then the last batch I forced myself to plant only quite a few weeks later. I’m not sure they will do well this year as they look poorly right now, but the first batch I did manage to plant are doing beautifully. In the photos you are seeing just three of the hundreds I planted along that wall (you can’t see them in the photos). The others are still waking up to Spring, but this one which is in the sunniest position has galloped on ahead to show me just how beautiful it will all look in a few weeks.

It’s all too beautiful …

Azalea Alley

I’m loving my Alley way garden right now. At last! I don’t feel the need to add anything else to this area now. In and amongst what you see in the Azalea bed above I have lots and lots of Asiatic Lilies coming up again, lots with buds on already so in a few weeks time I’ll have my little Lily field here again. I can’t wait …

What’s making you smile in your garden?

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