Today is the first day of summer, but for me summer begins with Memorial day week-end. There have been years when we’ve had weeks of blistering heat before the summer solstice, but this year, for the most part, we have had had relatively cool sunny weather interspersed with seriously abundant rainfall. I haven’t had to drag out the hose once and my garden looks like a jungle.
This is a good time to pay my respects to the glorious flowers of Spring. The show starts in the winter with the snow drops and crocus and then in March the daffodils and hyacinths which are tough enough to handle a March snowfall:
Then in April the tulips! I plant hundreds each year, and most are eaten by voles and groundhogs, but they usually leave me few:
Then the flowering trees and shrubs of late April and early May. Some of my favorites:
In May the wondrous combination of allium and iris:
In June the peonies, clematis and roses:
With the summer solstice we have the lilies and right now I have one of the most fragrant of them all blooming in my garden: