[Ed. note: This photo, taken in spring of 2011, was left in my drafts folder with the text you see below; I don't know why I didn't post it. So I'm doing it now - just as I left it.]
All the Rhododendrons in my garden have bloomed. A few, such as this one, basked in the fleeting sun of last week. Others bloomed over the weekend in the rain. Still others bloomed back in February and are pretty much spent.
2011 wasn't one of the more stellar springs for the Rhodies in my garden, there being too much rain, hail, and cold.
I see many garden bloggers preparing their garden beds for winter now. I still haven't begun.
Today I went out with pruners in hand and didn't cut a thing. Bees are covering the Mexican sage, the flowering/seeding parsley, and, until a few minutes ago, this clematis flower, the vines of which seem to be going into a late autumn bloom cycle.
If I keep letting the plants rule, I probably won't get to pruning until January.