The iris in the backyard is finally blooming. Fortunately the tornado storms did not hit us directly Wednesday and this clump of iris escaped unharmed.
We saw a rainbow above our neighbor's house late Thursday afternoon. I tried to capture it in a photo but it wasn't very powerful. I hope you can see the rainbow in this photo.
The back deck and patio are almost ready for summer. We planted the large hanging baskets and used some "water diamonds" to help keep the planter dirt moist.
The "water diamonds" are made from the same polymer that is used for the water marbles - they just are irregularly shaped instead of round. They are so pretty in the vase as they are re-hydrated. If you missed the post about the water marbles you can find it HERE. The water diamonds are mixed in with the soil to hold water and slowly release it to help the plants stay alive in very hot weather. I hope to have lots of new garden photos to share once everything is in full bloom later this summer.
It wouldn't be spring if we didn't fill this old pig feeding trough with flowers. My mother had four of these troughs and they sat on the edges of the porch, usually full of impatiens plants. When my Dad moved to the retirement community, these couldn't go with him to the fourth floor of an elevator building so each of the siblings claimed one and they are now in four different states!
The title of this post reflects what I meant to write about - more graduation cards with an explanation of how to make the file. My day was jam packed and I didn't get a chance to finish up the directions and upload the file but I will add the details as soon as I can - with luck that will be a little later on today.
I hope that you have a wonderful weekend - we are expecting our son and his fiancee (yes, I have been keeping that a secret until now!) to arrive this evening. We are looking forward to a great visit and the party on Sunday to celebrate both "the Graduation" and "the Engagement."
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