May was cool and wet. May was sunny with remarkably blue skies and low humidity. May was dry. May was humid. May, on its last day, was 90°F.
Rarely do I water the garden, but I made an exception today. After such generous rains for the last few months, the past couple of weeks without showers has shocked the plants. The extended cool spring finally has given way to warming and it has begun to feel like summer is on the way.
Irises dominated the May landscape, but a shift occurred in the last ten days and the garden seems brand new. Border are full, colors are stronger, but green predominates from afar.
Lychnis coronaria (Rose Campion) anchors each end of the Southern border. The five Juniperus scopulorum ‘Wichita Blue’ have grown well above the fence in the past couple of years since they was planted. One day they may really function as a privacy hedge.
In front of the junipers, a pass-along perennial sweet pea began flowering this week. I sheared it back severely this year and the result is much tidier.
Three native Rudbeckia fulgida (Orange Coneflower) that were added to the southwest corner of the garden last year seem to have settled in well and look very healthy.