This year, I'm reminded of the old song about April showers bringing May flowers. With thirteen inches of rain (!) in April, it's perhaps not surprising that we have lots of flowers in May. Over the years, Zephirine Drouhin and Louise Odier have liked to play tag when it comes to the being the first rose to bloom. This year, Louise Odier took that honor yesterday. Today, Zephirine Drouhin opened a stunning blossom with a wonderful, rich Old Rose fragrance. Other roses have buds that are about to open as well and Louise Odier has opened many more blossoms and is already beginning to scent that area of the garden. The newly planted Mme. Isaac Pereire has leafed out very nicely and I'm eager to see her first blossoms. And, it's not just the roses that are doing well. All of the Azaleas are in bloom, from the deciduous to the rosebud. In a total surprise, the Dutch Iris have bloomed. For some reason, mine always take a year off, allowing me to forget about them so they can surprise me the following year. The Peony is covered with large buds that are getting ready to open and I expect quite a show from it this year. The Bridal Wreath Spiraea is in full bloom as are the Bluebells, and all of the Hosta have emerged from the ground. I've posted lots of pictures of all of them on the web site. Here's Zephirine Drouhin.