....but more often than not, the skies have been gray. If you click to enlarge the photos you'll see that there's a border of peonies across the front yard.
The largest, most spectacular Peony blooms are in the Lilac Garden. The yellow flowers are Evening Primrose (Oenothera) and the silver foliage is artemisia, which is a pretty filler, but needs to be thinned ruthlessly.
All my peonies are passalongs and, unfortunately, the names weren't passed along with the plants.
I actually photographed this first peony bloom on June 15th, but forgot to include it in my Bloom Day post.
Foxglove is still blooming, but the Columbine flowers are gone, leaving dozens of seed heads to be cut off before they pop open and spread themselves liberally.
Campanulas are adding their lovely blue to the mix of colors at the moment, with Verbascum at their feet,
....and lemon lilies behind them here.
A few lovely white Campanulas are mixed in.
Down in the Fence Garden the Foxglove are still looking good,
I was pleased to see several beautiful blooms on the two white Peony bushes this year.
There's the tiniest touch of magenta on the edge of the center petals.
I still haven't managed to capture a decent photo of this border with most of the bushes looking good. The blooms are either drooping or dropping their lovely petals on the ground.
This smaller flowered magenta Peony has the most delicious scent of all.
And it stands up well against the elements.
Oh look, there's a glimpse of blue sky!
The pouring rain didn't deter this tiny hummingbird (click to enlarge if you'd like a closer look).
The first male arrived here on May 14th this spring....3 days later than last year.
I saw the first sweet little lady on May 18th. It's very good to have our tiny friends back.
We've also had a visit from our son and DIL and our two little grandsons, which was wonderful fun, and a nice respite from the garden chores. But today we're seeing snatches of sun, so it's back to work, and hopefully I'll get something accomplished between the rain drops.
Oh dear, I spoke too soon and the rain is pouring down again now.....