May is the season of bloom in south-central Kentucky. By early June perennials are past their prime, languishing as hot and humid weather begins to announce the arrival of summer.
There were enough chilly nights throughout April and early May to blight buds which had rushed the season. The show of peonies was sparse compared to other years; one of my favorite roses, Hawkeye Belle has blossomed but the petals show the blight of frost.
The stand of self-sown poppies along-side the front door have been spectacular, nearly obliterating the dwarf monarda.
Foxglove persists in the west wall garden along with the edging of 'pinks' raised from seed.
'Queen of Sweden' and 'The Poet's Wife' have supplied fragrant blooms for my collection of small vases.
I discovered the first of the Japanese beetles lurking yesterday.
My energies have gone into digging up and transplanting coneflowers which are trying to take over the east wall plantings--my own fault as I have allowed the drying seed heads to remain over the winter rather than scrupulously removing them.
The battle with weeds is never-ending, one I can't possibly win.
I love gardening, but there is no denying that it, along with the usual household chores, leaves me rather witless by the end of the day, too foggy-minded to comment on the blogs I continue to read, much less to order my thoughts into coherent posts.
Thus, a week into the new month, I offer the photos uploaded days ago as a 'draft'--- small record of an all too fleeting season of lovely blooms.
Lauren's Grape poppies at their best.
Poppies are stunning, in bud, in every stage of opening, as seed pods.
Clematis Jackmanii in first flush of bloom.
Samaritan Jo and Edita scrambling for space on the trellis.
Having once planted nigella I will apparently never be without it. The common name, 'Love-in-a Mist,' suits its frothy profusion.
Bees and butterflies enjoy the clumps of nepeta that edge the east wall.
Queen of Sweden.
The nameless late-blooming white clematis, only survivor of Spring Hill's 'bargain assortment.'
This small landscape rose is hardy and non-fussy.
Miniature lily, gift of a friend, which has made several moves with me.
Foxgloves, pinks, and the little rose.