I thought I should catch you up on what has been happening in my own garden.
Spring tulips gave way to Alliums and Irises.
Of the spring flowering shrubs, this Double Flowering Almond was my favorite.
Out the front my "Gas Plant" has finally matured into a lovely display of white flowers. (Gas Plants take years to establish and are very unforgiving if moved. Count on just one flower stem per year of growth.)
I inherited most of the peonies in my garden from our home's previous owner and can not take credit for the wonderful display they provide every June.
I find peonies reliable and undemanding. If only they bloomed longer! To take full advantage of their short season, I picked lots of bouquets, so I could enjoy them in the house as well.
Marjorie Fair Rose
Last winter some unknown tunneling sort of creature destroyed a good portion of the very front of the garden. The city's sidewalk plow also reeked havoc on the roses in the same flower bed.
Tough the replacement perennials and ground cover roses I planted are all coming along nicely, I really missed having the usual burst of color that the fallen plants provided in previous years.
A view through the front arbor. Marjorie Fair rose on the left and Ballerina rose on the right.
My husband came up with a clever system of hooks that allows us the dismantle the fence easily for routine maintenance.
I would like to tell you that I have been spending lots of the time gardening, but the reality is that I have spent more time in the last few weeks sanding and painting the white picket fence that frames the front garden.
Where is Tom Sawyer and his band of fence painting volunteers when I need them?