This gorgeous purple iris was a gift a few years ago from the garden of my good friend Elaine from Sunny Simple Life. I divided it last year and now I have two beautiful plants putting on an April show for me. The trick to having your iris flower each year is to let the entire plant die back to brown after they finish flowering. That can be hard if you like your garden neat and tidy. So what I try to do is plant it next to something that will be coming on strong right after it and it kind of hides the ugliness. In this case it's next to a scented geranium which gets huge in May and completely covers up the brown iris leaves. By the time it needs cutting back, the iris is ready to be clipped to the ground...problem solved.
Another main stay in the April garden for me are the self seeding annuals. This little white daisy called feverfew all but takes over. I literally have to "weed" it out of the path ways it is so prolific. Alyssum is a year round constant for me. I know some people find them a bit invasive and unruly but I love that about them in the controlled chaos of my cottage garden. Larkspur, bachelor button and linaria are also self seeding and I love the height and pop of color they add to the beds.
One of the great things about gardening is the way it changes from week to week. Just when I think it can't get any prettier, something else will make an appearance and take my breath away.
Of course, come August and September it will be all that I can do to keep it watered before the heat of the day sends me scurrying inside. But for now, me and my trusty gardening buddy Jackson just can't get enough of what it has to offer, the sights, the scents and the much needed reminder of what's beautiful in our crazy world.
I hope you have some time to spend in the garden today. Even if it's just a walk in the neighborhood or tending a few pots on the patio, it truly does have a way of refreshing the soul.