The Astilbes don't mind the coolness or the rain. Along the back of my front deck garden, I have a white astilbe flanked on both sides by dark red ones.
By the street side garden, the Bleeding Hearts in the back of the bed are now waning as spring has turned into full summer.
The perennial tall, purple Phlox are finally starting to show color. I wasn't even sure if they were going to come back this year. I bought them last summer on clearance at Lowe's. I'm sure you know how clearance plants go. I was happily surprised when I saw the new growth coming up in the spring.
My one and only Hollyhock plant has buds! I've tried for 4 years to grow Hollyhocks. Every year was a bust. I started out with about 5 plants grown from seeds and ... Nada. Sometimes, I would find huge holes in the leaves. The plant would eventually wither and die. Other times ... something would strip the plants bare. No leaves, no buds, no flowers. A skeleton. Sick plant equals ... dead plant. Even more mystifying would be plants with no leaf damage whatsoever, but the plants would be knocked down with broken stalks. Go figure.
Whatever. This year, though, I have one healthy plant (to the left in the photo) and it's about 5 -6 feet tall! With buds! I have it in my little back corner garden surrounded by fencing and make-shift barricades. Reason for defending the garden like it was Fort Knox? Lots of groundhogs this year. Oh, almost forgot. I did find one large Cabbage worm ( at least 2 inches long) on my one and only hollyhock about 2 weeks ago. Picked that sucker off pronto and drowned it! I've since been checking my one determined plant for any kind of problems, and so far so good.
One thing that the fickle weather really hasn't effected is the Wildlife.
New fawns are showing off their spots and sometimes can be found resting in a shady part of my yard.
No, I don't have Ospreys in my yard! These 2 birds are the new fledglings for this summer season at the Osprey platform in Hawley, PA. They are so interesting and fun to watch.
Can't forget to mention crafts to use in the garden. Seashells and dried
or silk flowers look lovely together. Originally, I had tried using live plants in the seashells, but the plants didn't do well.
I recently filled these tiny clay flowerpots with silk flowers to use in my Fairy Garden.
When my summer gardens finally take off I'll be back to post more pics!
Happy Gardening to all!