Second Shift

Early spring blooms come and go in quick succession. I cut the faded blooms of my last remaining tulips yesterday. I hesitated to cut them knowing winter will come and go before I see them again. Photos will have to suffice. Lilacs,forget-me-nots and a few solo daffodils still hang on as well, but not for long.

In my yard, a flowering lull occurs in mid-May,just after the great leaf out. The garden takes a deep breath; then second shift blooms take over. Iris, clematis, rhodies and peonies, always seems more subdued against the green of the fresh growth filling the beds.

Clematis “Asao” blooms open daily. This three year old plant has reached four to five feet on the trellis behind the garage. A matching trellis on the opposite side of the garage window hosts two other clematis that bloom later. Their root crowns cooled with yard-found rocks.

Early purple iris and a few miniature lavender ones bloom at the feet of the clematis. These will be followed by puple/white and yellow/purple mid-season iris.

When the second shift is over, summer will have arrived. Planted pots will populate the deck. Annuals will fill the open spots in beds. The watering season will have come.

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