This photo is actually from May, as is the one below.
It’s good I took photos in the middle of May, because if you look below, you will see what is left of my rhododendron flowers in early June.
Maybe it was the heat wave, or maybe they just don’t last very long. I’ve never paid much attention to the blooming of my rhododendron – it’s good I’m playing the First of the Month theme so I can observe.
It is fun to watch as the perennials prepare to bloom – today I saw that my bleeding heart had popped out of the ground. Daffodils are now in bloom, as are cherry trees and magnolias. Crocuses and snowdrops have already faded away. Tulips and columbines are green and showing budding signs.