The Flowering Dogwood bloomed very well this year and with its fresh green leaves looks very healthy after years of just getting by.
By the time I visited my garden today the sun was already high in the deep blue sky, casting a strong, harsh light. I walked the meditation circle, where both Husker Red and Pike’s Peak Purple Penstemons are nearly ready to bloom. Nearby, also in the mediation circle, one tiny blue flower is visible among the leaves of Thyme. Rows of salmon Dianthus are startlingly pink, hardly meditative or sedate. Though they overwhelm, I remind myself they also overwintered and therefore will stay for now. (Elsewhere in the garden are some other bothersome color combinations I need to work out as well.)
A large stand of Monarda, more than three-feet tall, is preparing to take over showcase duties from its interplanted Columbine neighbor. Hummingbirds are visiting the garden more frequently.
In the northern border Peony buds look lovely as they grow larger, but they seem to be in no hurry to open.
Phlox divaricata (Woodland phlox) now in full bloom pairs nicely with a large planting of Nepeta.
Sweet William is an old-fashioned flower that I really enjoy.
Digitalis ‘Dalmatian Purple’ (Foxglove) is new to the garden this year. I expected it to be more purple than pink, but I like that the flowers face outward.
I do not know the name for this Clematis. It has bloomed better than usual this spring.
I am mystified as to why this Black Iris is growing in its present location, having been searching for it anxiously in the opposite border for several weeks. The nice big buds look promising.
Today’s 87F temperature is a reminder of summer days ahead, but forecasts suggest more moderate days this weekend (82F and 78F), but with possible thunderstorms; cooler 77F on Monday, then back to 87F again by next Wednesday.