The Green Hills garden is , in spring, a garden of old fashioned flowers. The owner inherited many of them when she bought the house 25 years ago, and she added family heirloom flowers such as these irises, which came from her mother's garden in Milledgeville, Georgia.
The cornflowers, once called Bachelor's Buttons, have been returning yearly for decades. One never sees them for sale at garden centers. They do not transplant.
There are peonies here as well, but they are still in bud.
As I was putting in new plants this morning I saw a small flock of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks at the neighbors' feeder. They are transients of course, headed to the north country. I remember seeing them in our garden in back of our old house in North Charlestown , New Hampshire over 50 years ago. My father had planted rows of potatoes. The potatoes were attacked by potato beetles, and the grosbeaks came to our rescue.
One other bird note for today- I heard the first Wood Thrush of the season as I walked the dogs at Edwin Warner Park. The Wood Thrush deigns to spend the summer in Tennessee, but the Veery and the Hermit Thrush live in this state only in the Mountains.