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Flower/bed Update for Mom

I’ve been working on my flowers and beds for a couple weeks. I’ve got five beds around the house filled with flowers and flowering shrubs. The first four pics show a small bed between my garage and house foundation. I can ID irises, sedum (two kinds), fox glove, flowering nettle, hyacinth (can’t see), rose bush (not sure what kind). The irises didn’t bloom (burgundy/yellow) this year because my maple grew and blocked the sun. IDs and speculations welcome on the rest!

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The next bed runs the length of my driveway as far as the tool shed with an at-least hundred-year-old maple at the street. I divided hostas from my country home and planted the scraggly cuts here three years ago. My, how they’ve grown! Within days, this will be asplash with orange and purple blooms as the tiger lilies keep blooming and hosta blooms fade in and out. This bed tends to fend for itself well. I’ve got jack-in-the-pulpits, evening primrose, lily of the valley, snow on the mountain, tropical hibiscus (brilliant variety, I think) in a pot, and a couple others.

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The rest of my beds are located in front of the house, one along the foundation, another along the street, and the last largest bed on the side. The first two are basically shrub beds, displaying a few boxwoods, smoke bush, almond bush. The street bed is front lined with a retaining wall and back-lined with newly cut hostas. The largest bed contains irises (dark purple bloom), lilies (blush bloom), lilies (dark orange bloom), fox glove, snow on the mountain, phlox (purple bloom), safflower, roses, and sedum (rose bloom).

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The street bed took sweat, tears, and curse words. It is finally starting to look like something purposeful.

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