with some help from Tazzy.
Lotsa rain means some of my hot weather/drought loving plants are distressed or dead. The backyard was a pond - and the blanket flowers, yarrow and tickweed in the sheep tank planters couldn't deal with ALL that rain. The columbines and saliva thrived.
As Edwin Way Teale wrote in A Naturalist Buys an Old Farm "Hard times for one species are good times for another. In years of drought we see some plants forge ahead; in times of abnormal rainfall others advance. Even when the annual rainfall is normal that is not the whole story. When it rains, as well as how much it rains, is important to the individual plant. If it rains today instead of tomorrow, the history of something is changed. A shower - at a certain time - a series of chill days - at a certain time - and the life story of a plant is changed."
And on that note, my lovely neighbor gave up her house to move to hospice. We will miss her terribly even as we welcome the new owners and the new stories to emerge from our corner of the world.