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An End And A Beginning

Spring has come and gone and somewhat unevenly too.  The gap between day and night temperatures was very wide for some time, then a continuously pouring rain for several days.  During the 70 to 85 degrees days, the plants shot up,  leaves peeking out and flowers budding only to be knocked back by very cold nights.  Vegetables, except for the tomatoes and chili peppers, love this kind of weather but the roses had their blooms battered and washed off and their leaves have developed black spots.  I’m not really complaining since our house is still standing and our garden remains intact.  Mother nature is still kind to us.

Now summer is officially here but the rain continues.  In the next five days the prediction is for heavy storms or scattered thunder storms. In the meantime the summer flowers and insects are taking their turn while spring has faded slowly away.  This is how spring has unfolded in our garden so far.

Oriental poppy among Sea foam and Columbine

Oriental poppy among Sea foam and Columbine

A lone Clematis 'Crystal Fountain' blooms in the middle of Paul's Himalayan Musk rose

A lone Clematis ‘Crystal Fountain’ blooms in the middle of Paul’s Himalayan Musk rose

Multiple Hover flys on the Alyssum

Multiple Hover flys on the Alyssum

This pink Azalea still blooms after the rest of our Azaleas have gone

This pink Azalea still blooms after the rest of our Azaleas have gone