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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – June 2023

Until a few days ago, I was seriously considering skipping this post. There’s so much about this last month I would like to forget: nearly 6 weeks with no rain, frost as late as May 18, nights in the low 40s even last week, an explosion of aphids, and having to wear a mask to be out collecting seeds on days with hazardous air quality due to wildfire smoke. Oh yes, and managing to lock myself out of most of my website for several panicked hours this week, so I couldn’t even start a new post until last night. But that’s fixed now, and we finally got 2 inches of rain a few days ago, with a bit more today and the hope of more over the next week. Though the sky has been darker, the prospect for happier plants is a whole lot brighter, and I am fully prepared to celebrate whatever looks even halfway decent. Instead of presenting the plants by color this time, I’m going to group them by their personalities: the exuberant, the serene, and the quirky. Continue reading Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – June 2023