I didn't mean to be gone for so long. Life gets in the way! For a Flashback I thought I would show whats been going on in my yard the past month I've been away. Spring was long, wet and chilly and due to some late frosts plenty of things were lost or set back. But time marches on and things begin to bloom to spite all of that ickiness!
The columbines are just about finished but they were beautiful!
And so were the Pacific Coast Iris
The Poppies were very bright....
My Lewisiia is still blooming by the bubbling rock
The clematis is a favorite but I'm not sure of its name
The blue geranium mixed with the sweet woodruff was really pretty
And Blue Ravine clematis which is a similar color is growing nearby.
The blooms on the Lady's Mantle are unassuming, but I love how the raindrops hang on the edges of the leaves. Click the picture to get a closer view.
This Mountain Bluet is more of a purple color
The forget me nots are just about done now, but boy were they pretty this year - they are my spring weed of choice!
Another blue geranium
And Multiblue Clematis - lots of blue in the spring!
Big lollipop allium with California poppies in the rear
Here's an evening shot of some of the ginormous hostas
Its not all blue though...these pink columbine were extra sweet.
And the rhododendron bloomed with the bleeding hearts this year
Azaleas and more forget me nots
And this cute little saxifage
And finally one of the main things in my garden that I look forward to every year...The lilacs! Can you smell them??
Finally...a sadder Flashback and tribute to my sweet Mother in Law Darleen, who passed away June 1st. She was a beautiful person with a fun loving spirit and will be sorely missed. I'm sharing my favorite recipe of hers and possibly my very favorite cookie ever.
Darleen's Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 cup shortening
1 cup peanut butter
2 cups oatmeal
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
Beat shortening, then add sugar, then eggs. Add and stir in peanut butter. Mix in rest of ingredients. Rolls in balls and pressed with a fork. I bake at 350 for about 12 minutes. Let them cool for a couple of minutes on the pan the remove to a rack to cool. Makes 5 dozen very delicious cookies. To me they are the peanut butter equivalent to a Pecan Sandie which is a very high compliment in my book.
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