While I was outside earlier in the day doing a little cleanup in the backyard, I made some nice discoveries.
We have an apple on our tree! I thought we wouldn't have any, so maybe there are a few more hidden amongst the leaves.
This may not look very impressive, but just below the water's surface are TWO water lily buds. They normally would have been blooming for a good month by now, they are really behind this year.
The slugs left me a few Daylily buds! These were planted this year, but the slugs have continued to chew the flower stalks off.
The self sown Larkspur are now taller than me and starting to bloom!
I didn't plant Peony Poppies here, must have been Sweet Pea... no matter how it got here, it's about to bloom.
A favorite Hydrangea whose tag is so faded I can't read it anymore is starting to bloom. The reason I'm so happy is that it hasn't bloomed in several years because of late freezes. This year was it's last chance to bloom or it was going to be moving on.
Sweet Pea 'April in Paris' is actually going to bloom. A couple of days ago the two pots of these were looking very yellow, and I was debating just dumping them in the compost. I'm sure glad I didn't.
Behind the Blueberry bushes and under Clematis 'Etoille Violette' is a decorative birdhouse that has been hanging here for many years. We discovered a few days ago that a pair of Wrens have started building a nest inside. If they decide to stay I hope they'll let us pick Blueberries when they ripen.
I've decided not to give up on anymore of my plants this Summer, and I'm not giving up that we will still have Summer weather. I'm going to believe that we will have sun and heat and that Zinnia, Cosmos and Sunflower seeds will all begin to sprout. It's still not too late!