The monsoon began early in Albuquerque this year, with a week of good moisture at the end of June. But then June high pressure returned and most of July was hot and dry. It wasn't until the beginning of June that the rains reliably returned. Overall, the monsoon wasn't bad, but the hiccup in the beginning ended up dooming most annual plants. Only perennials managed to reap the rewards of the late-breaking monsoon moisture. Now, at the end of September, many monsoonal plants are still trying to finish flowering and set seed. Many plant species are flowering late and show signs of stunted growth.