Data from our garden flowering log shows some interesting patterns. Here's one. So far 2013 has been above average wet and below average in temperature, and in general flowering has lagged behind and seemed late, especially last month. However, the 200th different plant to flower event occurred this year on June 2nd. Looking back to 2010 and 2011, the same event occurred on June 1st and June 2nd. Everything sort of averaged out to provide a sort of benchmark of flowering consistency, and this includes various DNFs (did not flower), a few new additions, and some cancellations (deaths). No surprise deaths and new additions tend to balance our; when something dies you replace it either in kind or with some new magnolia. Not much of a choice really. However, you probably noticed that 2012 was not mentioned. Last year the 200th flowering event occurred on May 10th! That's three weeks earlier. Amazing. This means that just about two-thirds of our flowering events happen by Memorial Day. That's a shady perennial garden for you. So that garden tour scheduled for June 16th can expect shade and not much else. TPP will make them a list of what they've missed. So why schedule a garden tour for June? Well, those petunia and impatiens gardeners have to get their little annuals planted. What kind of garden is that? You can bet those gardens don't even have a magnolia.