Well, not entirely, but close to it. Over the weekend I was mentally kicking myself for writing a long post looking all through the garden when Bloom Day, hosted by Carol at May Dreams Garden, was only a few days away (which I had kind of forgotten about).
But now I'm glad I lived in the garden's moment, because near constant rain over the last few days has stripped away most flowers.
Here's a look at what the salvia and sand coreopsis (C. lanceolata) looked like pre-rain:
The dianthus is going strong, thanks to it being protected by the yews.
Even some columbine blooms are still hanging on, although most are on their way to becoming seed pods.
The 'Plumosa' salvia is in full bloom, but it's splaying all over the place (to again borrow a phrase from Carol). You wouldn't know that these are actually being held up by stakes right now!
In one of the back borders near the rain garden my most horrid color clash is underway: pink spireas and bright red daylilies.
I was a little short-sighted about planting those spireas, and I do plan to get around to moving them. Individually the blooms are pretty...
...and deep red...
...just not right next to each other.
Despite the rain damage there should be much more in store. Currently things in bud include big-leaved aster (Eurybia macrophylla), sweet joe-pye weed (Eupatorium maculatum), swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium), and the new roses. One started to bloom the tiniest, hesitant flower, a bit of a preview.