Here in the San Francisco bay area we are experiencing the coldest May in fifty years. I can't remember it ever being this chilly at this time of year (which means I'm still (relatively) young). It seems only fair that if the last two weeks of the month were going to be cold and rainy (today it poured and hailed which might be normal for your area which is why I don't live there) the first two weeks were truly spectacular: sunny, cloudless, mild days redolent with the scent of orange blossoms, the very same blossoms that ordinarily get blown off in the last wild storm of winter or are withered from the vine in an early blast of high summerlike temperatures. As I shiver at my computer, I am grateful that I took some photos back in those halcyon days.
Out in the garden . . .
View from the windows . . .
Bringing the outdoors in . . .
Princess Alexandra of Kent, Abraham Darby and Queen of Sweden, all by David Austin
Princess Alexandra of Kent and New Dawn climbing rose
New Dawn climbing rose
Read more of my reflections on roses HERE