Rain drips from glistening blossoms beneath a cloudy sky which promises more rain. The Clementine Aquilegia is a petite plant, almost overwhelmed by the other plants growing near it, and I have to move in close for these photos.
At the south trail-head of the butterfly garden the Skywings Iris, after which I named my garden (The SkyWings Butterfly Garden), are blooming and, nearby, bold Yellow Bearded Iris, a gift from another gardener, are standing proud and tall.
The fairy-tale series miniature lilacs are blooming now... Fairy Dust, Tinkerbell and Prince Charming all charm me with their delicate blossoms and the way they sweeten the air in the garden.
Descendents of the pink lupines that I brought home from my mother-in-law's property are just coloring up and a blue aquilegia, probably a McKana's Giant started from seed a couple of years ago, is blooming near a long stretch of lady's mantle (alchemilla mollis.)
Iris are blooming in other places along the trail as well, including these purple bearded iris and this Wild Jasmine Iris that is beautiful even before it fully opens.
I take a last glance over my shoulder, down along the trail. The garden is a quiet contemplative place on this rainy morning, as it receives the blessing of rain.
Up on the hill, by the garage there are only a few small shrubs planted, but this potentilla seems to thrive in its rocky bed.
At the front door, I pause again. I look out at the day, with its cloudy sky and its not-quite-warm June air, and I am content to be at home on this green hilltop. Where-ever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you peace.