Mother Nature seems to be kind and cruel all at once sometimes! We have mostly her kindness to share in this post, however. First of all, we’ll say that our weather is finally feeling like summer, and the rain has at least slowed down! Things have still not dried out, and the bugs are still atrocious, but we’ve had more sunny days so we’ll take it! The rain does help to bring all the flowers to life, however, well mostly: It was a little tough on the peonies!
Color is breaking out everywhere. We have the beautiful yellows of the Evening Primrose and another low yellow flower that I always forget the name of (I know it, it just won’t come to me!)!
I’ve said before that I don’t really love Foxglove, but the bees and hummingbirds do, so it’s staying. Can you find the bee in the photo?
Whites are pretty too, and I have come to love this bush that blooms in the early summer. This is the same one that the guinea hens started one of their nests under (we’ll have an update on that next week), and it’s gotten bigger every year.
You are never alone when out on the farm!
The clematis has never failed to delight since we moved here. The Dadz was worried about it this year, because as you can see at the bottom of the photo, the base of that plant is a favorite place for the chickens to dust bathe. It doesn’t seem to have bothered it at all! It has a lot of new growth on it, and I think we’re going to have to find another trellis for it to climb on!
On Mother Nature’s downside, you might remember this photo we shared back in January in our post “Winter’s Return to the Farm”.
I was worried about those two lilac bushes, and as it turned out, both bushes were literally covered with buds in the spring. This variety of lilac blossoms a bit later than our others. At first we thought they’d be fine, but then we got a lot of rain which beat down the branches once again. The blooms were literally dragging in the dirt and ruining our other favorite flowers below! We decided they had to go, there were just too many broken branches. You can see them when they were in their glory in our post “Prolific Beauty“.
On the good news side, there are shoots around those stumps left, and hubby will trim the stumps back and let some of the shoots go, so we may end up with new bushes. They are very pretty, but the truth is I find their scent rather cloying (it is different than traditional lilacs). We are also enjoying being able to see more of the yard from the patio. So if they come back we will keep them much smaller.
We feel that the ups definitely outweigh the downs here, so we’ll forgive Mother Nature her moodiness for this time! We are enjoying the beauty and there will be more to show you over the summer!
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