May was such a lost cause for me and working in the yard. Luckily Alberto's crew came early in the month and did a cleanup throughout and brought in a lot of new dark bark mulch. And, of course, all the rain during the month got things growing like crazy. Some things, like the Jupiter's Beard didn't do as well this year with so much rain. I have held off planting very much this spring. I have a lot of new perennials that I planted last fall, and it looks like most survived the winter. Mixed in with the mature perennials, I may just call it good this year. We will have watering restrictions and I know the perennials can handle less water just fine. I planted lots of annuals in pots and a few in the ground; all are getting watered by hand at this time as I don't want to run the sprinklers. I need to get out and tackle the new weeds that have already started up. But it all seems manageable now. Here are some shots. Very similar to previous years, I know; but I always like to have a record of how the summer started and ended.
Yes, everything is really that green. And I haven't been watering, except for one hot day when I ran the sprinklers for five minutes at each zone to cool things down. And thanks to Blogger, the order of my pictures is scrambled. So here they are in no particular order.