Late seasons, more anticipation, and lots and lots of rain…

Being halfway or more through May, I would normally expect to see more going on in the garden. This is clearly a weird year.

With most of my shrubs preparing for their third year since planting, this should be when the real displays begin. And likely they will, but the oddly late onset of spring (after two weeks of it in February) have much in a state of confusion.

I enjoy talk of “berries” because at this point many of the roses really do show their shared ancestry with their fruity cousins.

An Abraham Darby bud…
My cluster planted box… Charles Darwin to the left, Claire Austin in the rear, and Lady Emma Hamilton in front. LEH is especially beautiful even before the buds are visible.
Princess Alexandra of Kent
Abraham Darby