The beautiful pink Peony flower is almost as big as my head. I had planted these years ago and enjoy them every year. They have a faint but very sweet scent. When they are budding they tend to attract ants partly due to the nectar that forms on the outside of the bud. With the ants activities the blossoms open up. Very symbiotic relationship isn't it? This year they were beautiful and plentiful. The flowers were so big that I had to put them in a bowl of water instead of a vase just to keep them from toppeling over.
This fern is a transplant from my dad's yard . Few years ago he gave me a few shoots to plant. First I planted them at a sunny location they looked miserable, following year I planted them in the shade and their growth was stunted. Last year I planted them at the bottom of a tree where they were partially in the sun. I think I finally succeeded in finding them the right spot.
I'm not very lucky growing Iris. I must have planted variety of colors over the years, most of them didn't come up. This is the only one that came up this year.
Just look at this funny cloud formation. I took this picture from the car. ( I wasn't driving)..