In the US, Memorial Day, which fell on May 29th this year, marks the unofficial start of summer. Although our persistent marine layer and the cooler temperatures that accompanied it may suggest otherwise, the evidence provided by my garden indicates that we're already on the cusp of summer.
|Achillea 'Moonshine' is one sign of summer in my garden. Those blooms have already hit their stride.|
|I consider it summer when the first Agapanthus bloom appears. Buds have popped up all over my garden. Clumps in 2 areas are shown here.|
|Evidence that we're getting very close|
|My Renga lilies (Arthropodium cirratum) generally appear in early summer. They've burst into bloom en masse throughout my garden within the past 2 weeks.|
|Daucus carota 'Dara' has produced its first flowers from seed|
|I've yet to plant sunflower or zinnia seeds but I picked up a Helianthus 'Sunbelievable Brown-Eyed Girl' shrub a month ago and it's already jumped into gear|
|The daylilies are getting their season started. Shown on the right are the first blooms of Hemerocallis 'Spanish Harlem' (top) and 'For Pete's Sake' (bottom).|
|The first Hesperaloe parviflora 'Brakelights' bloom stalks have appeared|
|The Orienpet lilies are well on their way too|
Of course, the new arrivals are appearing as other plants move on. I pulled out the last zillion Aeonium haworthii 'Kiwi' this week as their flowers faded. I've cleared out most of the foliage of Amaryllis belladonna as it died back - the "naked lady" flowers should appear in July or August. Meanwhile, a combination of mildew and rust is quickening the removal of the cool season flowers in my cutting garden, most of which got started very late this year. And then, the local critter cleanup crew is also hard at work as shown below.
|Yesterday, I caught sight of my prime suspect from the living room through a dirty window pane|
|I picked up a telephoto lens and headed outside for a clearer view and there he was, holding the evidence in his mouth |
Much as I love all the summer blooms, I always feel a tinge of loss as the spring flowers move on. However, I expect I'll feel better in a few weeks when the summer flowers are in full swing.
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