A Kansas Country Garden: May Comes to an Enchanting End

An old-fashioned, rather wild rose blooms once a year and has a lovely scent.
Please don't eat my roses, Buddy!
Is there another month as lovely as May? In my garden it is a time of pinks and purples in abundance. The sweet, delicate scent of roses waifs through the garden.
Early in the morning (4:15, to be exact) the wild birds begin a medley of melodies. Far too many bunnies of various sizes casually hop here and there with no fear, thankfully mostly on the lawn instead of the flower or vegetable gardens. Our young goats frolic while their mothers munch away in the meadow. Occasionally there is shrill cry, probably from a neighbor's yard, from one or more of our badly behaved guineas who really aren't sure where they belong.

It has been many years since the David Austin Heritage Rose has bloom so profusely.
The peonies were sparse and a little late this year.
This simple rose has scented foliage. In the background is a bayberry bush.
Like the schoolchildren, I have begun summer break. There are no bells to tell me where and when I should go, not even an alarm clock. Most mornings I still rise early and stroll through the garden, checking to see what's blooming, snapping a photo or two and pulling a few weeds as I see them. The weeds are tossed to grateful chickens. When I am hungry, I stop and fix a simple lunch. Often it is guacamole made with some of our self-seeded cilantro. Already the cilantro is trying to flower and bolt. It has a very short season here. Planting is pretty much done for the season and all my indoor plants have been moved outside for the summer, but watering and weeding will continue all summer. There is more to come as young plants settle in and begin to bud. The yellows and oranges will be next.

Perhaps there is a month as lovely as May. It's called June.

 Allium christophii is one of my favorite alliums. The lollipop blooms add a bit of elegance to the garden.

Allium christophii and columbine bloom next to the fence.

A self seeder,  Love-in-a-Mist, Nigella damascena, has a true blue color.

Pink Missouri Primrose, Oenothera speciosa, is a cherished plant.

The first daylily, Stella D'Oro, blooms next to the faithful salvia.

Cheerful daisies were a gift from a friend and were transplanted this spring.

A rose blooms on the fence.

I am very fond of the Mock Orange shrub, Philadelphus coronarius.
By the end of May, I'd like to have all my seedlings in the ground. These I started indoors.

Cinco and Mayo, our twin baby goats, like to climb.

Windy days brought an end to the poppy bloom, but it also brought rain, so no complaints.

We have been enjoying lettuce and spinach from our vegetable garden.


  1. Lovely. I too enjoy a walk in the garden early in the morning. After work it is 730 before it is cool enough to enjoy again. The humming birds are zipping around by then. The blue flowers are so pretty. I will have to watch for those. Do they start from seed or plants?

    Thank you for sharing your lovely garden.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,

  2. What a beautiful garden! Thanks for sharing! I found your blog from the Tumbleweed Contessa party :-)


Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.