My garden continues to display, or rather not display, the effects of a difficult winter and a cool, wet spring.
The early spring blooming flowers were sparse to non-existent.
Now, the mid-spring blooms seem to be following that direction and creating an unpleasant trend.
The bearded iris and peonies were mostly foliage accompanied with very few blooms. Both these perennials are normally abundant with flowers, but not this year. In total, my three peony plants exhibited a paltry three, and uncharacteristically, small flowers.
The Siberian and Japanese irises performed better, but the amount of floweing was still less than previous years.
So, I take extra delight in the colorful blossoms that dot my gardens that managed to survive the punishing elements of a not-so-kind season.
And, I smile.