When we returned from Boston there was a lot of growth around the yard from 5 days of sun and a little rain. The Catmint has taken over the Rose garden and the the vegetables we planted before leaving have gotten off to a strong start. All the seeds in the vegetable garden are off and running, including the corn. It certainly goes faster when it is this warm. We picked the first strawberries from the old bed and a passel of asparagus, both of which went for dinner yesterday. And the Iris — OhmyGawd — they are blooming like mad and their fragrance is cast about the whole house. But the flower that captured my eye was a a yellow-orange Tree Peony that is tinged with red. This is the first time this particular plant has flowered after four seasons in the ground. It’s in a particularly unsuitable spot with not enough light, but flower it did and I am more than grateful.
May 22 2009