May has been a roller coaster so far. It has been hot – in the 80’s and tonight we are going to have a freeze. It has been a very active season in the garden. Bluebirds are nesting in their houses, robins in the cedar outside my window, and Carolina wrens in a plant on the porch. The orioles have returned for their grape jelly treats and hummingbirds entertain us all day long. A fox has been hunting daily (she has 5 kits nearby).

Redbuds at the edge of the meadow
Trillium sulcatum
Trillium luteum
Epimedium Windfire
Fox in the field
Tree peony
Trough with Dianthus ‘Nyewoods Cream’
Iris ‘Eleanor Roosevelt’, Iris pallida, Peony ‘Early Scout’, Comfrey, Daylily foliage, Camassia, Viburnham, and an orange Rhododendron
Crevice garden with more plants
Androsace blooming

There is so much to see in the garden right now. I will try to take more photos and share them soon.

5 thoughts on “May

  1. Frost after warm weather is a limiting factor for some of the stone fruits, and a primary reason stone fruit orchards occupied the Santa Clara Valley for so long. Frost is mild here, and happens only in winter. Early warmth late in winter followed by a late frost damaged or ruined production of early blooming orchards. Fortunately, it was rare.

    • The stone fruit was already ruined earlier this spring. We had a freeze last night – I lost deciduous azalea blossoms, toad lilies, some perennial mums, disporum flavum and kirengeshoma palmata

      • You know, . . . we may not be able to grow some cultivars of apples that require more chill, but it is worth it. I would be very angry if azalea bloom got frosted.

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