More Yard Flowers (and two house plants)
May 18th

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This one is a house plant. It is an Orchid cactus which lives on a crowded table under artificial lights, so will have a few blossoms. This is the first one this year. It is about 4 inches across.

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At the other end of the table, the bud on this cactus has doubled in size in the past 24 hours. This is the first blossom on a plant that came with us as a "start" when we moved three years ago. The parent plant didn't bloom until it was five years old and we threatened to throw it out.

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Outside, there are roses in bloom. This one, planted by the former owners, is a scrawny plant that seems to survive the deer and produce lovely two inch blossoms.

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We planted this one, called "Stainless Steel", two years ago. It has struggled too but is now protected from the deer and doing better this year. The blossom is about three inches across.

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A giant orange poppy just opened.

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Looking straight down from the top.

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It shares a bed with some pink poppies, lupines, a Hansa rose and some lilies that are fenced off from the deer.

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A peony that we planted last year is just starting to bloom.

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This peony, beside the door to the workshop, was already here.

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A closer look at the red peony.

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At 8:00 PM the same day - that big cactus bud has opened! We were alerted to its presence by the perfume that wafted up to the living room from the basement. By the following morning the blossom had closed up again.

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Another angle - we don't know the name of this one as the first plant was a gift from one of Sheila's summer students about 18 years ago.

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