First of all, tree peonies were stupendous this year. Usually they bloom in early April and get drowned in rain that breaks the branches or fried by sudden heat waves (2011 and 2012). They were two weeks later this year and enjoyed sun, perfect rains, and cool nights.
Next blog post (soon, I hope) will include iris and phlox and the early plantings of container annuals. Unfortunately, I had some camera battery issues and so I missed getting photos of the wonderful show of herbaceous peonies, the lilacs, and the siberian irises. But the early summer hydrangeas, many perennials, and annuals spilling over the edges of their containers are yet to come ... so stayed tuned!