4th of July Show July 2, 2022Gardening, Ranch, restoration 1 Comment Night time thunderstorm with rain and the poppies begin to bloom. This bunch must be anticipating tonight’s storm. Purple Bearded Iris and purple Columbine. Boulder, Colorado in Montana: Shazbat variety. Ohio blooming in Montana. A proto iris and a bearded iris, for taxonomic comparison. The skinny yellow iris were split from our pond in Coatsville last year (?), and the purple was also from SLC original to the house’ 1940’s owner- in a giant root bound mass that would put up just a few blooms. Now they are the entire South bed along the ice house, in the front bed, and up on the hillside bed (and still in SLC as well). Boulder, Colorado blooming in Montana. The Nanoo Nanoo variety. Lilacs have a few blooms remaining. Original to the ranch butter and cream iris with some of the original to Coatsville purple. Butter and Cream being showy. Matching columbine volunteered among the P & C iris. These giant white iris had 4 rhizomes among the SLC purple- all blooming now. They hadn’t bloomed in our 10 years at the house, out in their root bound purple patch. Another emergent: micro clover is finally emerging. I spread it into the lawn last summer in a big way, and a bit more this spring. It will help revitalize tough patches like this, bring nitrogen into the soil for the grass, push out weeds, and amp up the drought tolerance. After last summer’s springbox waterline fixes to the yard and house, I added this inline high-pressure filter for the yard. Now every little thing that slips past the cage up at the top of the line doesn’t jam up the sprinkler heads. I also built this new high footing for the water bird. The water bird is joined by this super-jet, with a 50′ range and 360 degree rotation- so it waters a 100 foot circle, and can even water from the front yard over the hedge and into the back poppy patch.