My garden has been neglected even more than usual this year, as we have plans to renovate it a bit, and make it more desert-friendly (or, not as expensive to water!) It doesn't seem to matter. It continues to bloom, in spite of the neglect. My lilacs gave in to a late freeze, so I did miss their wonderful scent this year, but the lilies of the valley have made up for their loss, filling the air with their sweetness.
They are such a subtle plant, people will stand on my porch and look around to see what smells so good, and are amazed when I tell them it is these tiny plants.
My peonies are blooming now, as well. I have several colors, and I have decided to keep them, even though they are not a desert plant. Some things are just worth what they demand.
On the side of our house we have two old-fashioned rose bushes. They are the kind that are called 'wild roses' here. Several weeks ago, they were in a riot of bloom, totally covered with roses. It just takes one big wind, though, and the blooms fly away. The strange thing about these bushes though, is that, although one of them is a yellow rose and the other is a bright red-orange bush, a week or two after those roses are gone, the past few years the red bush has put on a few dozen pink blooms. The pink ones are on the same branches that have previously held red blooms, so I am not quite sure where these pink ones come from! And, though the rose bushes were here long before we moved into the house, it has just been the past few years (3, maybe) that the bush has bloomed in pink, as well as red.
My clematis is doing well this year, too. It has bloomed several times before now, and it is climbing up the old iron bed headboard I have put in the garden for it.
In addition to blooms, the garden is filled with winged visitors, as well. The hummingbirds arrived just after our big April snow storm, which gave me hope that the winter was truly over at last.
And there is something in our garden or yard that yellow swallowtails just love. I do have a butterfly bush, but it is just beginning to bloom. I think they might like the peonies. We have a lot of them flitting through the yard and garden, at any rate.
We also have a lot of bees. The bees love the flowering crabtree when it is in bloom. It absolutely buzzes with their presence. That tree bloomed about a month ago, though, so they have also moved on to the peonies, or whatever else they can find to fill up on.
I don't know what this little moth is, but she was flitting around in the strawberry bed, just begging me to take her photo when I was out there with the camera a little while ago! I am hoping she will be content with strawberry leaves. We do not seem to have yarn-eating moths here, and I would like it to stay that way!
I will be having a weaving marathon for the next four-five days. My husband will be otherwise occupied, so I intend to get the October tapestry finished and off the loom. (More garden neglect time.) I'll let you know when that happens!