It seems like just yesterday I was posting pictures of the signs of spring. Although we lived through the longest winter I can remember, It seems that we have just skipped most of spring. The weather has been summer-like for the last week or so with temperatures reaching the low nineties. I am not sure that I want to go straight into summer, but it sure beats the cold winter we have had.
Lately, when I take my morning stroll through the yard, I have been noticing more and more signs of summer. Of course, I can't show the summer pictures without at least showing one last sign of spring. Or maybe this is a sign of the ending of spring around here---POLLEN! It is everywhere -on the porch, on the cars, on the plants, and on the pond. I even noticed it in the water reservoir of my rainbow vacuum cleaner yesterday!! At times it has been blowing through the air like clouds of dust. Hopefully, some fore casted rain will wash a bit of it away tomorrow.
Pollen on the lilly pads in the pond.
Hydrangeas- one of my favorite parts of summer. I rooted five from my mom's bush that she rooted from a bush that was on another part of her property when they bought it over forty years ago. Four of my five survived. They are fairly easy to root. I hope to root many more this summer.
Hostas- I have a lot of shade in my front yard and can't live without my hostas. They are the most dependable plant that I have. I plant more every year!
Astillbes- I love them, but they never seem to get very big. Maybe our heavy clay soil hinders the growth, I don't know.
Creeping Jenny- This was planted years ago. I have read that it can be very invasive, but not in my poor soil. I love the color, but it never gets much bigger than this.
We deal with very dry shade in the front of our house. The oak trees soak up most of the moisture. Any ideas of what I can plant that will tolerate shade, poor soil, and dry conditions?