Just a few snaps of what's blooming in some of the beds I haven't visited in a while whilst I've been focused on the front yard. Here's the corner eastern bed near the bird bath. The salvia is just starting to bloom and it will continue to do so until next winter. It's also a lot taller and more vigorous this year, even after a decent cut-back. I've had to tie it against the fence. It's practically swamping the magnolia tree now.
And here's the back western bed. It's actually a fairly bland corner at this time of year. The brunnera's still blooming (just to the right of this photo) but that's about it. But the hydrangeas are covered in long cones of buds and the vitex has grown so much in two years. Remember when it arrived in June 2010 it was this big!
I thought I'd also show you a picture of my sad little maple - not so sad these days! The newest growth is still lovely and bright. It really seems to love its new home so hopefully it will continue to slowly grow and thrive this summer.