It's felt like summer the last several days here. The kids had a long weekend for Memorial Day and we spent lots of time outside. We planted 2 types of Sunflower seeds, 'Lemon Queen' and 'Mammoth'. I planted some basil, thyme and grape tomatoes. Did lots of watering, which feels strange after having so much rain recently, but the seedlings really need it.
Here are the some of the plants that have enjoyed the sun as well:
A new English Rose that I planted earlier this spring. 'Abraham Darby' will have peachy pink/yellow flowers that should have a strong fruity fragrance. It should get to be about 5 feet tall. I hope it lives up to it's description. I don't have a lot of roses, but I really love them. It's fun to try at least a few in the garden.
I wish I remembered what type of Dahlias these were. As you can see the slugs have found them, but I put out some children/pet safe slug bait and now the plant has grown quite a bit. I call this dahlia the 'Lazy Gardener's Dahlia'. I've never dug the tubers up, except to divide it, and yet it continues to return every year. It has deep maroon flowers. When it blooms I'll post pictures, maybe someone will know the variety.
These sweet little violas are just thriving right now. They light up a shady area under the fast growing Japanese Maple 'Orido Nishiki' in our front yard.
Meadow Rue (thalictrum) is beginning to bloom. I love the fluffy look of these flowers. This plant gets quite tall, about 4 feet already.
Nigella / Love-in-a-Mist is just starting to bloom. This year I didn't have as many return. Hopefully the ones that are here will spread themselves around. I love the shape of the flower and its airy foliage.
This pretty big yellow Columbine is finally blooming. It's always the last one to bloom, but it's worth the wait. This is the only one that I started from seed many years ago. It looks like sunshine to me!
Just as pretty from the back I think!
I'm sure this is a relative of the previous yellow one. I found it further down the path, it's the same shape but very pale yellow. This is the first year I've seen it. I hope I find more next year.
We're supposed to have more sunny weather for the rest of the week. All this sun this time of year seems unusual to me. Maybe it's a payback for the unusually cold winter we had, giving some of the plants that were damaged a chance to recuperate.