The skies opened up today, giving freshly planted shrubs and flowers a much needed drink. Astilbe is a recent addition to the backyard garden. These shade lovers put on billowy plumes of color that light up the garden.
Heart-shaped pods of columbine flowers are plumping up, ready to burst forth with their blushing petticoats. These were allowed to reseed freely last season and filled out the backyard garden quite nicely. I'm hoping they were their magic again this year.
Spirea, perhaps 'Gold Flame,' has perked up, despite my worry that its foliage may be a be spotty this year. The flower pods are just starting to show, but when done blooming I'll likely cut it back to encourage hearty growth next year.
Azalea blooms have managed to survive, despite almost daily trampling by the dogs. I couldn't be more pleased they made it. They're a beautiful shade of red. I think I need to add more of it throughout the back garden.