While attending a marriage seminar on communication, Tom and his wife Peg listened to the instructor declare, "It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other." He asked Tom, "Can you describe your wife's favorite flower?" Tom leaned over, touched his wife's arm gently and whispered, "Pillsbury All-Purpose, isn't it?" The rest of the story is not pleasant. —Author unknown

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Beautiful blooms from my garden

gold-heart-budsGosh, it’s pretty in the garden today. At 81 degrees this afternoon in Des Moines, the weather is just plain crazy. I can’t believe how many things are blooming … the redbud is almost ready to burst … early daffodils are spent … pulmonaria, bleeding hearts and brunnera are in bloom or ready to unfurl. An early peony (Paeonia tenuifolia) looks like it’ll be blooming by the end of this week (a full month ahead of normal.)

Here’s a little show of what I saw in the garden today.

Bleeding hearts

Bleeding hearts

Chionodoxa forbesii (glory-of-the-snow) with Anemone blanda below

Chionodoxa forbesii (glory-of-the-snow) with Anemone blanda below

Early cut-leaf peony (Paeonia tenuifolia)

Early cut-leaf peony (Paeonia tenuifolia)

Daffodils (not sure which cultivar; perhaps 'Faith'?)

Daffodils (not sure which cultivar; perhaps 'Faith'?)

Trout lily (Erythronium americanum)

Trout lily (Erythronium americanum)'Ivory Prince' hellebore

White hyacinth

White hyacinth

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