May showers bring June flowers!

We’ve had such an incredible amount of rain this spring my garden is threatening to become a jungle before I’ve had a chance to get out there and edit the weeds! 

This is Hosta ‘Halcyon’ — such an impossible blue!  With Asarum canadense (Canadian Wild Ginger) nudging up against it, trying to get in the shot.  You can see everything is very lush and early for the last week in May.

Speaking of blue — you see here how the camera lies?  This seeded Aquilegia (Columbine) is not *really* azure blue, though I wish it were.   They are notorious minglers, those columbine, and you never know what you’re going to get (thank you Forrest!)

Speaking of notorious — this demure looking cranesbill (Geranium phaeum) is nothing if not insistent.  Gorgeous here but beware!  It will easily over-run your garden if you don’t pay attention.  And it is also one of those varieties that acts as a flag — that is, it will droop and fail in the summer heat, so put it in afternoon shade if and keep it there if you adore the distinct blooms and blotched foliage.

I don’t recall the name of this hosta but the other players include Corydalis lutea (Yellow fumitory), a golden-tipped cedar in the background and the emerging stems of ‘Hewitt’s Double’ meadowrue (Thalictrum delavayi ‘Hewitt’s Double’) that will soon dwarf everything in height, but not in texture.

And until my Itoh yellow peony blooms (called ‘Garden Treasure’), we’ll have to make due with the tree peony …

…and the much less gargantuan, but just as beautiful (in my eyes) Fernleaf peony (Paeonia tenuifolia) …

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