Even more exciting, one of the new roses I planted this April has a bloom! This one is called "Buff Beauty" and you can see why:
Other plants in bloom now include this Weigela:
And this fabulous Monarda:
There's a Mystery Plant with small red and yellow blooms:
And one of my favorites, the large Oriental Poppy:
There's an area off my back porch where I've been trying to establish ground covers for many years, always failing, because the Hounds enjoy digging in that area, but this year I finally succeeded in getting Creeping Jenny and some woolly thyme to survive. I really like the way some volunteer Johnny-jump-ups appeared in the midst of the Creeping Jenny -- the colors set off against each other beautifully:
After only a mere eighteen years of work, my garden is finally coming together!