It’s my first GBBD of the season.  Somehow, April slipped past me, probably because I was grading finals.  I’ve entered the leisure season at least until Thursday.  I’ve gotten an unfortunate diagnosis of endometrial cancer.  It’s the most common form and if caught early carries a really good prognosis.  Can prognoses carry??

Anyway, I’ve been garden lazy and it shows.  We’ve had a wet spring and the weeds have gotten way ahead of me.  But, my standard poodle Bridget is now a therapy dog and we spent the spring going through that training and then getting our shadow visits in.  All of that is done and the paperwork will go in tomorrow.

Now, though it is May, there isn’t a lot that is blooming.  I missed taking pictures of the cherry tree, and the early lilacs, and the glorious magnolia. But all May blooms are welcome regardless.

Everything blooming right now is pink.  I have no problem with that.

This always makes me think of ballerinas.

These allium were planted last fall.

The hellebores are fading, and the seedpods are growing. But they are lovely nonetheless.

These allium were planted two falls ago, and they are taller and bigger than they were last year. The great thing about these globes is that they make wonderful dried arrangements.

This lovely columbine comes up every year, right outside my back door.

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August 15: GBBD

August 16, 2016

Looking through the rose medallion to Limelight.

Looking through the rose medallion to Limelight.

Love this view of the Entrance Garden. That is rudbeckia in the foreground. The Walker's Low catmint is starting its second bloom after getting cut back a few weeks ago.

Love this view of the Entrance Garden. That is rudbeckia in the foreground. The Walker’s Low catmint is starting its second bloom after getting cut back a few weeks ago.

Many thanks go to MayDreamsGardens for providing such a wonderful opportunity to share what is blooming in our gardens each month.  Here is what is blooming in my gardens today.

H. June

H. June

Kathy Perkins, the very last of the daylilies.

Kathy Perkins, the very last of the daylilies.

Hybiscus in the Secret Garden

Hybiscus in the Secret Garden

Blackberry Lily in the entrance garden

Blackberry Lily in the entrance garden

Anemone just beginning to bloom in the Secret Garden.

Anemone just beginning to bloom in the Secret Garden.

Limelight in the Lower Garden. It is HUGE!! And it was given a hard prune last fall.

Limelight in the Lower Garden. It is HUGE!! And it was given a hard prune last fall.

So glad for annuals. And, the catmint is starting its second bloom after getting a hair cut.

So glad for annuals. And, the catmint is starting its second bloom after getting a hair cut.

This is the first summer I've planted gazania. It's such a happy little annual.

This is the first summer I’ve planted gazania. It’s such a happy little annual.

H. Halcyon. I love this tidy medium sized hosta.

H. Halcyon. I love this tidy medium sized hosta.