Today started in the low 60s farenheit and we are off to a gorgeous summer day. A day well deserved after weeks of unpredictable thunder storms which brought floods and tornado damage to nearby communities.
There seems to be no more rhyme or reason to the weather as global warming is showing its early effects in our area. Only yesterday it seemed that our lovely Sontheim had been transported to New Zeeland with its perpetual rains and tropical heat. The humidity at mid-day was so high that my girls ran out to go potty and instead of playing for a while, they instantly returned with me to the house were our geo-thermal system is keeping the interior at a comfortable 75 degrees.
So today, upon waking to a perfect summer day, we ventured out early to take pictures of the beautiful flower beds Greg had helped to install last year.
The bushes behind them are pink flowering Almonds which put on an incredible show in early Spring.
Also new is a rare tree peony which we planted this Spring. It is growing slowly but steadily in its new spot and I hope it will thrive.
It’s blooms are stunningly beautiful and can be seen on the website http://www.songsparrow.com .
The history of this tree peony is equally stunning because it would no longer be in existence, had it not been for the English collector Sir Peter Smithers, who was given seeds when he visited it’s remote mountain home at a Tibetan monastery. Sir Peter raised the peony successfully in his own garden and discovered years later, when he returned to the monastery, that the original peonies along with the monks had been completely wiped out in their struggle against the Chinese government.
The peony made its way to Wisconsin, were it is propagated and sold by Klem’s Song Sparrow nursery. So again, I have to say that nature’s beauty and the human spirit can prevail, even amid man-made disasters.
As I watch my gardens grow, I think of Greg and of all the lovely people who have contributed their time and effort to making our small paradise possible. Thank you – it would not have been possible without your help!