It rained quite a bit this spring while I was away, and it was unusually cool. Lately, it seems to have returned to seasonal norms, quite warm, and still rains a couple of times a week. The garden enjoyed this treatment and Jan’s constant care, so it has rewarded us with lots of flowers. I missed the Siberian Iris blossoms, the peony, and the rhododendrons. But lilies, monarda, coreopsis, and crocosmia are putting on a great show, and hydrangeas are holding their own. Crocosmia plants are especially prolific and energetic this year in the front and the back yard. They have grown to about 3′ and seemed to have multiplied quite a bit. The yucca plants in the back yard gave nice tall flower spikes with cascading flowers on them, but today’s rain dropped most of the blossoms. I am glad I photographed one yesterday or the day before.
Here are some photographs I took to record and display some of the major players. These are all hand-held shots as I saw and responded to the various flowers. As a technical note, I would like to add that I used the servo focus setting on the camera to make sure the flower I picked to focus on remained in focus despite the blowing wind.