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  • Writer's pictureJulia Watson

Looking Back on May

I like these end-of-month picture posts for my own records, but I hope they're also fun for my readers. If you live in zone 9, you'll find similarities in your own garden. Here's a list of the main events in our garden in San Jose, California.

- Sweet peas peaked in early May, by the end of the month we took them out to make room for other flowers.

- Calendula peaked in May, then were replaced with dahlias and a few Gerbera daisies.

- Larkspur, stock, sweet peas and roses were featured in our May subscription bouquets.

- Everything in our front parking strip is growing well (we planted tiny seedlings in March).

- Our espaliered apple tree set lots of apples.

- My one and only Campanula persicafolia bloomed - what a long lasting flower! I have to plant more of these.

- Roses finished their first flush of glorious blooms - Sally Holmes was especially beautiful.

Top row, l to r: rose 'Sally Holmes'; an unknown rose that was sent to us by mistake and turned out to be gorgeous.

Second row, l to r: rose 'Snowfire'; 'Sally Holmes' on a garden arch.

Third row, l to r: an outdoor arrangement including roses 'Litchfield Angel' and 'Escapade'; rose 'Eyepaint.'

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