Our beautiful, warm weather took a turn this last week or so. Much cooler and rainy, but this might have helped the lilacs last longer. My 3 favorite flowers in the yard are lilacs,lilies of the valley, and peonies. Two of the three are blooming now.
The little saucer behind the flowers is the only plate I have seen with lilies of the valley on it and unfortunately I didn't find the matching cup.
The gardens are beginning to pop. I have a shady backyard so there are plenty of hostas and ferns. The yellow green of this variety is one of the best.
While weeding we opened up lots of spots to add new plants- more in the yellow green and also some deep purples- heucheras and ligularias and maybe some astilbes. The sunny area of the yard is now home to the fruit garden- raspberries, blueberries, purple raspberries, and rhubarb. We picked up our strawberries and tomatoes today and will get the cucumbers and peppers on Sunday.
I think the worst of the cool temps are over and it should be safe to get the annuals next week. I have several pots to fill and would like to add a small cutting flower area. I'll add more photos later!