What a Difference the HEAT Makes!
The white roses have started to bud and blossom. I have always liked their contrast with the cabin backdrop. When I find my plant tag, I'll identify the flowering ground cover (aha! Lamium maculatum 'White Nancy') in the bottom pictures. It was new last year and I don't remember it flowering. I'm delighted! I was attracted to it because of the variegated leaves...the flowers add to the pleasure. It grows in the bed shown just above the two pictures (to one side of our house).
I'm happy the two Russian sage plants I planted last year are doing so well. I was sorry to lose several plants a couple of years ago when new sidewalks were installed in front of our home. I tried (unsuccessfully) to transplant a few and ended up purchasing the two in the second picture from the top.