The flowering bushes and trees have been spectacular. The lilac, magnolia and rhododendron have all kept their blooms for a record number of days and have been COVERED in blooms this year.
My peonies have more buds than ever... and they're all about to burst! Did you know that ants are attracted to peonies buds because of their high sugar content? Who knew that lots of ants is a GOOD THING! Since I currently have only two peonies, I don't cut any for in the house. I'd love to have a peony cutting garden so that I could bring arm loads inside!
My white impatiens are slowly starting to come to life. A few white blossoms are visible in a few of my shady spots.
Nothing like the evening light as the sun goes down at Red Gate Farm.
Happy little Columbine growing up through the old azaleas.
My volunteer lupine, surprisingly is pink! And very far away from my other lupines.
My favorite hostas, named June, are loving this weather. They are so full and lush this year. Filling in between them are my homegrown impatiens.
Standing under the Rhodie... in the rain... you can see the bright orange azaleas at the front of my house Do you notice the curving sidewalk? My husband put this in. The curves follow the foot print of the house. He's quite the concrete guy... he likes to have nice clean edges for his lawn. Of course, it gives me lots of flower beds to plant. He's planning a new one for around the pumphouse.
Looking back towards the veggie garden and the field where the tractors have been working non stop in the evenings and even into the night to prepare the field for potato planting.
At least the cheerful flowers and blossoms brighten up the grey days that have returned to Red Gate Farm and the Pacific Northwest. Our long term weather forecast is for a cooler and wetter June than normal... at least July before we return to a normal summer weather. However, they are promising us a warmer and drier fall... we'll see!
The long awaited, three day weekend is upon us! Happy Memorial Day and weekend!