Here's another beautiful lily that I don't remember buying or planting:
And, last but not least, I was thoroughly surprised when these two Easter lilies bloomed in the Flower Dump! I now vaguely remember planting last year's Easter lilies in the flower dump after they'd finished blooming and the foliage was yellowing, but I had forgotten all about it until the blooms opened up the other day. I still had this year's Easter lily out in the screen porch, so I added that to the other two out in the garden for next year.
Here you can see how well the trailing petunias are doing in the Amazingly Magical Birthday Flowerboxes that Bernie built for me. Those are more Mystery Lilies in the Flower Dump that you see in the foreground on the right:
Here you can see another of my flower boxes and a mass planting of Stella D'Oro day lilies in the beds on either side of the front door. That's a pink crape myrtle on the right; it should be in full bloom within the next week or two. The Stella D'Oro day lilies have gotten huge this year; there weren't nearly as many of them last year. We probably should dig them up and divide them in the fall, maybe plant a mass of tulips in the same spot while we have it all dug up:
Our evergreen magnolia trees have started to bloom, too. All of the ones we've planted are the Little Gem variety, which is faster growing, more compact, and therefore better suited to my impatient nature and small yard than the slow-growing behemoths that most people think of as Southern magnolias. Do you see the little insect peeking out from the center of the flower? Hello, little guy!
Last but not least, I leave you with some pictures of my guilty garden pleasure, the kitschy little red-hatted gnomes my kids got me from Smith Hawken a couple of years ago.
Usually I'm not a fan of "lawn ornaments," but these guys are pretty little, they're in the back yard near the woods, and you don't notice them unless you're up close.
They make me smile. Don't worry; I won't be adding fake dear, flamingoes, or statues of the Virgin Mary to the front yard any time soon! These gnomes are keeping watch on some little baby hostas and an azalea that has finised blooming for the Spring.