1 As many of you know, I switched my vegetable garden with my flower cutting garden a few years ago after an infestation of mole crickets decimated the vegetable crops. Since then, both gardens have thrived, and this year's flowers are looking so beautiful.
2 I wanted the plants to be mixed, so every bed would be interesting and colorful.
3 Iceland Poppies, Papaver nudicaule, require very little care if they are grown in soil that drains well and gets full sun. The only downfall - poppies have a relatively short bloom span.
4 Iceland poppies in white, yellow and red come in more than 80 varieties. The flowers also attract birds, butterflies and bees.
5 Oriental poppy blossoms, Papaver orientale, last only a week or two, but during that time, they furnish one of the high points of the gardening season.
6 The flowers appear to be fashioned of crepe paper and can be more than six-inches across on stems up to three-feet in height.
7 Oriental poppies throw up a mound of finely cut, hairy foliage in spring. After flowering the foliage dies away entirely, but fresh leaves appear in autumn.
8 Chives is the common name of Allium schoenoprasum, an edible species of the Allium genus. Chives are a commonly used herb and can be found in many home gardens.
9 Lupinus, commonly known as lupin or lupine, is a genus of flowering plants in the legume family, Fabaceae. The genus includes over 200 species. It's always great to see the tall spikes of lupines blooming.
10 Lupines come in lovely shades of pink, purple, red, white, yellow, and even red!
11 They provide such a wondrous pop of color to the garden. Lupines also make great companion plants, increasing the soil nitrogen for vegetables and other plants nearby.
12 There are numerous types of dianthus - most have pink, red, or white flowers with notched petals.
13 Phlox in bloom are hard to miss with masses of small, star-shaped, colorful flowers blanketing the plants. There are several types, the most common of which are spring-blooming creeping phlox and summer-blooming tall phlox.
14 Johnny Jump Ups are a popular viola. They are native to Spain and the Pyrennes Mountains and are easy to grow. Small plants produce dainty, fragrant blooms - some in deep purple and yellow.
15 Once established, these flowers grow very well, even if left unattended. Soil should be moist, but not wet, and spent blooms should be deadheaded to promote additional flowers and to keep the appearance neat and beautiful.
16 Iris × hollandica, commonly known as the Dutch iris, is a hybrid iris developed from species native to Spain and North Africa.
17 This bulbous iris has narrow linear green leaves and bears largish blue to yellow to white flowers.
18 Dutch irises grow well in zones 4 to 9, and they reach heights as tall as two-feet.
19 Dutch iris are long lasting vibrant flowers that appear in late spring and make excellent blooms for cut flower arrangements - they are so beautiful planted in large groups.
20 Digitalis is a genus of about 20-species of herbaceous perennials, shrubs, and biennials commonly called foxgloves. The scientific name means "finger-like" and refers to the ease with which a flower can be fitted over a fingertip.
21 This biennial plant is often grown as an ornamental because of its vivid flowers. The colors range from purple tints to various shades of light gray, and to purely white. The flowers can also possess various markings. I love this unusual orange-salmon variety.
22 The columbine plant, Aquilegia, is an easy-to-grow perennial that blooms in a variety of colors during spring. The bell-shaped flowers are a favorite to hummingbirds and may be used in cut-flower arrangements as well.
23 The most striking feature of columbine flowers is the collection of five backwards-projecting spurs. Each spur is a petal that has developed into what appears to be a tall, slender, hollow hat. At the very top of each spur, inside, is a gland producing sweet nectar.
24 Here is another columbine in rich, dark purple.
25 Among my favorite flowers is the peony. The peony is any plant in the genus Paeonia. Peonies are considered rich in tradition - they are the floral symbol of China, the state flower of Indiana, and the 12th wedding anniversary bloom.
26 Geum, commonly called avens, is a genus of about 50 species of rhizomatous perennial herbaceous plants in the rose family, widespread across Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa, and New Zealand. They produce flowers on wiry stalks, in shades of orange white, red, and yellow.
27 I have many roses in my flower garden. Many of them were transferred here from my home in East Hampton a couple years ago. I am so happy with how well they're doing.
28 Here is another rose in light pink.
29 And another rose in pink and white. This rose is one of six climbing varieties that I transferred to tower trellises along the center of my garden - they all continue to grow and flourish.
30 Wisteria is a genus of flowering plants in the pea family - the flowers look very much like pea flowers. Wisteria is very hardy, fast growing, and prefers full sun.
31 Baptisia australis, commonly known as blue wild indigo or blue false indigo, is a flowering plant in the family Fabaceae. This tough, dependable, long-lived perennial grows as much as three to four feet tall and wide.
32 Lady's mantle, Alchemilla vulgaris, grows along both sides of the path of my cutting garden. It is a clumping perennial which typically forms a mound of long-stalked, circular, scallop-edge light green leaves, with tiny, star-shaped, chartreuse flowers - they're so pretty.
33 I also have many, many Asiatic lilies just waiting to bloom - I cannot wait to see their flowers.
34 I will share more photos as more blossoms appear. What flowers are blooming in your garden? I would love to hear from you.