This is such a beautiful time of year.
The sights, sounds and smells are wonderful.
It's the perfect time to take a stroll through the garden to see what's blooming.
I admire the flowers while Ellie-Mae hopes to see something she can chase.
She is posing for you,
that little white "dot" just in front of the porch.
Here in the South,
there is no such thing as too many azaleas and they are in full bloom!
All shades of pink, red, and there are white ones too.
These are George Tabor.
They have a very large flower and such dimension of color,
one of my favorites.
The birds have been enjoying the birdbath.
Ellie-Mae enjoys watching them through the great room window and she barks like crazy when the birds are bathing.
The white flower in front of the birdbath and also in the background is Candytuft.
Candytuft is such a dainty flower that comes back year after year.
I especially like it because my Granny grew it in her garden, so it reminds me of her.
This is the Cherokee Rose, or Rosa laevigata.
Here's how this rose came to be in my garden...
A few years ago, in early spring while in South Carolina, we noticed a little white flower growing all along the back roads. I was so curious about it, wondering if it was a weed or a wildflower?
We asked one of the locals who told us it was actually a rose, so when we noticed some that was close enough for us to possibly reach, we pulled over.
I hopped out,
jumped over the ditch,
and pulled up a little sprig to bring home.
I transplanted it as soon as we got back home.
The next spring, it had grown a little but didn't bloom.
Each spring thereafter, it's grown larger and larger with more and more blooms!
Out in the very back of our property is a Sweetshrub.
Mr. Heart remembered them as a child and wanted to add one to our garden.
We planted it about 13 years ago and it's huge now; boy does it smell sweet!
The purple iris are blooming, such a pretty flower.
White clematis are growing along the garage.
The rhododendrons are in full bloom too.
I am really enjoying the garden views, but the sounds in the garden are sweet this time of year too.
I would love to know what this male house finch (the reddish one) was saying to the female,
it was loud, went on and on and sounded so sweet!
We have some babies!
I have to say, I was hoping for bluebirds in my bluebird houses,
but the chickadee took up residence and now has four in her nest.
Hope you enjoyed the stroll through the garden.
What's blooming in yours?
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