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Today is my birthday.  No biggie, everyone has them.  But to celebrate, I went around my yard taking photos of things that make me happy.

Yellow Rose that started blooming yesterday and larkspur

One of the many pots that resides on my porch. This year's pots turned out bright and cheerful.

The iceberg shrub rose is one of my very favorite roses in the whole wide world. It does okay in the shade, blooms all summer long and is bushy. I have gotten one for every house I've lived in.

One of the surprise peonies that I planted last year. I wish you could smell them!

This is my favorite peony in the whole wide world. It is an heirloom that was at my 100 year old house and I have moved a bit of it three times. The peonies started blooming yesterday.

I like these pinks and the weirdo photo.

We have 6 bluebird boxes. Two of them have tree swallow families in it. This one has four eggs, and the nest has a whole bunny tail in it. It's warm and fuzzy I suppose.

If you look very closely, you can see the other tree sparrow sticking it's head out of the box. I didn't use a zoom lens, I was about 5 feet away. The tree sparrows let you get very close and they are really entertaining.

The walk around my yard was nice, and two good friends came over for dinner,  AND a mystery teacher made me brownies and brought in vanilla bean ice cream.  You can’t beat that!

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As my friends well know, and certainly my husband is keenly aware, I am obsessed with flowers.

Each new week of the spring and summer brings a yearly visit from one or more of my blooming buddies. Most years they come back better and more spectacular than the year before.

Sometimes, I get little starts of plants from people, and I forget that I’ve planted them.

One of my many favorites is the peony.

My mom has always called them my birthday flower, because they bloom right around my birthday.  I love their sweet scent and their giant blooms.  I even kind of like the ants that cover the unopened buds.

Last fall at the Mennonite Relief Sale, I bought a bag of peony starts for just a couple of dollars.  For those of you that know about peonies, they can be quite pricey, so this was a good find.

This spring, as my flowers were coming up, I saw peonies coming up everywhere: in the backyard, by the mailbox, in the front yard, in the front flower bed.  There are about 20 peony plants all of which are ready to bloom!

Another plant that makes me lusty is native columbine.

It is tall and willowy with bright orange and yellow heads. I have never found wild columbine in any of the nurseries I frequent. I’ve never had the opportunity to collect seeds. A few weeks ago, as I was garage saling, one of the garages had a back wall full of them. A nearby house had some starts for sale. I bought them and brought them home. When they bloomed, they were pretty, like the kind at the store, but they were no tall, willowy, orange headed beauties.


All of the pining over the columbine has made my heart all the more achey to have it.

Wednesday night, while I was inspecting my flower beds, I was overcome.

As I was showing Jeremy the weigela that I had cut back, I noticed blooms. They weren’t weigela blooms, but  blooms from a native columbine growing up through the roots.

Hot diggity dog! I did a happy flower jig.

It was a lucky gardener moment.

The native columbine that is growing out of my weigela.

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