If one of the hottest summers on record followed by fall rain and the coldest winter for years is what it takes to produce this incredible blooming spring, then I'm game for another one! This year the flax is the prettiest I have ever seen. Huge arching sprays of clear blue flowers.
Then there is Zephirine drouin. The incredibly fragrant rose which grew out of a crack between the pavers at the end of the pool garden. It grew from root, left in the ground after I removed a pot which held a cutting of the rose. Left to its own the arching branches are packed with pink blooms.
I wish I knew the name of this yellow iris given to me last fall. I can't believe it flowered the first year. It certainly is a beauty.
Poppies are everywhere. Both the orange California poppy and the large single pink poppy seen here among catmint and feather grasses behind the vegetable garden beds.
This one decided it was going to be frilly this year. I guess this is how new plants come about. I will save the seeds but they will probably cross pollinate with the other single pink poppies.