The gardens are in their glory right now with plentiful rain and warm temperatures at last! Each day is a delight and my flowers and I are both soaking up all the sunshine while we can! 😊
I recently looked back through some pictures from March and can't get over the difference! Maine is almost a paradise in the summer months, a striking contrast to the winters...
Another view, taken this evening...
And again, this past March!
But let's forget about winter for a little while and take a walk through the garden. The Evening Dame's Rocket has really made itself at home! I thought I had thinned it out a little last fall and again early this spring, but not enough I guess. Most of this will get cut back after it finishes flowering to prevent even more self-seeding and in the meantime, I'm hoping it isn't choking out the annuals too much! I'm enjoying it for now though and the fragrance at night is wonderful!
The 'Bridal Veil' Spirea bush is blooming more abundantly than ever this year!
I have several self-sown Lupines throughout the garden, but they are hard to see from a distance amongst the taller Dame's Rocket.
The Irises are lovely too right now and smell just like grape cool-aid!
The first Peonies opened yesterday. I don't know the name of this variety but I love its huge rich pink blooms! My 'Sarah Bernhardt' and 'Coral Charm' should be opening any day now and 'Benjamin Franklin' in a week or so.
The hardy rugosa Roses are really blooming well and I'm putting them to good use making rose water and drying the petals for herb pillows.
But my favorite garden right now is the herb garden. The Valerian is just coming into bloom and I've been spending very enjoyable afternoons reading on the swing nearby with the breeze wafting that heavenly fragrance over me! 😊
Close-up of the Valerian...delicate pink buds open to pure white flowers.
Sweet William will always be a favorite!
Only a few of my Sage plants survived the winter. I have been pleasantly surprised by how showy their flowers are...
I also love the way it looks with my Heartsease...one of those rare moments in my garden when the combination is perfect! 😁
The Lemon Balm is thriving and almost as tall as the birdbath!
And finally, in the seed garden (which isn't looking quite picture-worthy yet), the Lovage has reached over 6 ft. high! I've never grown or even seen it before so I had no idea it was going to get this big!
I hope you are enjoying these beautiful days to the fullest as well! 😊