I just picked the last of my peonies for a flower arrangement to give to the family of Conner Cook, a sixteen year old boy killed by lightning. That peony is Ann Cousins, a very fragrant, late rose type. Some years they are still in bloom the first of August but this year things are ahead.
My roses are the best they have ever been, even though they got a bit of die-back. I have mostly variesties of Rosa alba and Rosa rugosa 'Roseraie de l' Hay' which is about the darkest one of the rugosas plus some Rosa gallica and my "Roger's Hill rose" (R. griffithii?)--also There is a smattering of eglantine rose. I can smell roses in various parts of my yard.
My black currants are almost ripe. Soon I'll be very busy.