This morning, after letting the chickens have a roam about their pond garden, I did my usual walk about and despaired at the water standing in all the beds out back. Determined to find some good in the gloom, I tested what would easily be pulled from such soft ground and discovered the thistle gave way easily from the saturated soil with hardly any mud at the root. Delighted, I pulled and pulled until I had removed several armloads of thistle which would not be sowing its seed in wild abandon this summer!
Alas, the lovely and fragrant peonies are mostly beaten. 5 inches of rain in 24 hours were too much for them, now heads down and petals pooled about them. They had a great bloom this spring, despite the weather, don't you agree??
I do not know the names of any of these as all but the last were here when we bought the farm. it was a gift from my garden shopping buddy and former colleague, Barb. It produced 3 fine peach blossoms this its first spring.