Finally, we got some real rain. I managed to put in a bunch of annuals (thank you, Farr’s nursery in Russell!) into a section of the new bed near the tree swallow nest just before the rain. Here it is this morning:Nothing perennial there yet–I put an edge to it with a little rock wall, added some new compost, made a few access paths, and put in some “decoration:. All of this work was done under the watchful eye of a baby tree swallow who stuck its adorable head out the birdhouse hole to watch me. This morning we walked around the garden and I took some pictures of what’s happening. This picture shows the mulching we did on the back yard paths, thanks to the mountains of shavings at the SLU stables. In the meditation garden the orange honeysuckle and the white clematis are blooming and climbing:In the front yard, plants are packed in with not much room for weeds, which is good. Any open available space is colonized by adenophora, which I’ve given up trying to control.At the bottom of the front yard violas and ground ivy and columbine make a good ground cover.Mushrooms are popping up everywhere–we inadvertently knocked over this little meadow mushroom as we walked around the garden this morning:David went to Lowe’s and bought two more metal chairs–one of them is now in the hosta bed down by the potting shed, one of my favorite sitting spots. I really enjoy all the various colors and textures of the hosta leaves. They are nearly fully unfurled now. Here is a really nice bright lime-colored hosta.Under the pine trees we replaced another cinder-block and stone bench with one of those chairs. The cinder blocks went to put a back edge for this bed. As you can see, hostas are prominent in this bed as well. It’s heavily mulched because it’s such a dry, sandy spot. The pine trees take up a lot of the moisture available, and the soil is quite thin. But every year I add a lot of compost and mulch, so hopefully the hostas and daylilies can thrive here. I had planted astilbe here but they all gasped and threatened to die, so I gave them to my sister who has better soil conditions for them! In other garden news, the poppies are past their peak, iris and spiderwort are out, and peonies are all budded. Peonies will be the next big garden drama. This rain should help them a lot.