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May 1st, 2012

Virtual Garden Party

I’d love to have a garden party and invite you all. We’d sip mint juleps and nibble on Virginia ham biscuits while we visited among the flowers. Maybe someday I will get my calendar organized enough to throw the party. In the meantime, I just want to share some of the flowers that are currently in bloom in my tiny garden. Feel free to enjoy a mint julep while you look at the pictures. Recipe follows:

A frozen silver julep cup makes the drink even more delicious.

Ingredients:

  • leaves from 4-5 mint sprigs, preferably spearmint
  • 2 sugar cubes or 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 2 1/2 oz really good bourbon
  • mint sprig for garnish

Preparation:

  1. Place the mint and simple syrup or sugar into a frozen julep cup or double old-fashioned glass.
  2. Muddle well to dissolve the sugar and to release the oil and aroma of the mint.
  3. Add the bourbon
  4. Fill with crushed ice and stir well.
  5. Garnish with the mint sprig.
  6. Sip slowly and enjoy.

The foxgloves are especially robust this year.

Japanese iris

Siberian iris

These pale lavender bearded iris are from a small clump that was rescued from a neighbor's trash heap. They appear to be grateful for the second chance.

The fragrance of these peonies is intoxicating. Not unlike the mint juleps.

Magenta peonies

Kousa dogwood is just starting to bloom.

a scarlet floribunda rose

These are my dear friend's favorite flowers. To me, they will always be Linnie of the valley.

Fragrant sweet allyssum volunteers sprout between the pavers.

 

Need another drink?

 

The forget-me-nots are waning just as the Asiatic lilies are budding.

This spiderwort, "Sweet Kate", is planted next to the deep purple shamrock, below. I love the contrast of the foliage colors. St. Francis, aka St. Frank, is in the background.

little pinks

I love hydrangeas when they are budding. The chartreuse color with those rusty brown stems is so lovely.

Bruce likes the hydrangea, too. The party animal is partied out!

Y’all come back, now.

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