June nearly seamlessly followed May this year with its continuation of warm temperatures and bright days. Cleamtis 'Madam Julia Correvon' robed herself with a wine-red cloak that catches the morning light in the photos above and below.
My arid, high-desert garden, though an oasis in a rugged outpost, takes on some of the ragged character of the greater environment. Peony 'Bowl of Beauty,' tough gal that she is, bravely opens her wind-buffeted blooms.
Her neighbor, my little Japanese Maple 'Garnet' surprised me by surviving the winter to present brilliant, though ungainly, new foliage.
A Home-Depot bargain buy, its little body struggles to put on growth while facing daunting odds with our super-dry winters and dehydrating spring winds.
Together they make a sweet duo that one day may grow into a lovely scene.
Coffee time is delightful among the soothing morning shadows.
The hummers love their little free buffet.