Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Early hydrangeas create late summer mood

Beside the Newton Library, these hydrangeas have already achieved a state of rich full bloom. In our area this type of hydrangea normally blooms in August, or possibly late July. But it's still June, way earlier than usual.

This is part of a larger pattern. The summer flowering crocosmias are nearly over, and the Hidcote lavender is ready to harvest. Two different kinds of fragrant daphnes in the garden are on their second flowering of the year. Most of the lilies and all the irises are done, and the honeysuckle vine finished a long time ago.

Strawberry season came early, the third week of May. Raspberries are already in full production, and cherries too. June, usually quite rainy in our area, has been bone dry. In this heat wave, we feel earth warming.

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