i've been home from the island for two weeks and i was thrilled to come home and find the garden looking so fine after a true spring May which everyone called "cold" of course but it was what our May used to be cool and frequently rainy. i spent a lot of time the first week working and photographing in the garden but then last week turned into the week out of hell hot and steamy. In a word from my adolescence: Gross!
After three magnificent thunderstorms in as many days our weather has returned to more seasonable June balmyness and i have awakened and feel like posting again.
i love watching the progression of Clematis integrifolia flowers as they emerge from two lovely leaves closed like praying hands
Day 1 The bud peaks out from between the leaves
Day 2 i come outside early in the morning and the exquisite bud has emerged fully
Day 3 It has begun its curling phase
Day 4 The flower is now fully open with its swirling skirt of dancing petals while the second bud begins to emerge nearby
Here in the northern edge of the MidAtlantic states many of the marvelous and very popular tropical and sub-tropical plants begin flowering in late August, and if there is not an early, hard frost keep on flowering for most of September and October like Abutilon, sometimes called "Flowering Maple" (which can keep on growing and flowering indoors). This is one i photographed at Greenwood called 'Vesuvius'