This gardening year, full of heat and drought, has been confounding enough for Flint Hills gardeners, but while I've been whining about the weeds, and the wilting plants, and the extra watering, I've neglected to consider how totally out-of-sorts the unusual summer may have made my plants feel.
I am surely not going to grumble over this gift, this glorious olfactory present, but I wonder at the providence. Has the weather really made a mess of the internal rhythms of plants, or is something else the cause? Could my 'Sensation' merely be jealous that there are several re-blooming irises planted nearby who are getting all the attention right now? What does this mean for other plants, the apples, the peaches, the fruits of next summer? Will this specimen of 'Sensation' bloom normally in next Spring or have this year's buds already been wasted? The mysteries of gardening go on and on. As does the sweet scent of 'Sensation'.