Although the first run of roses is beginning to fade a bit, it’s still an impressive site out there in our garden, or, as they say around here, GAHDEN. Dump that “r” … we don’t need them in Massachusetts. Bet you can’t find an “r” in there. No “r” in Massachusetts!
It’s really quite impressive. When I took my clippers and attacked the roses, I hoped it might improve them, straggle bunch of brutal thorn bushes that they were. I did not expect this massive response.
We got all our lilies by digging them up in the woods and from along the road. There were a few in the garden, but there were thousands of them everywhere, so we took some. We also took spiderwort and redistributed Solomon’s Seal from deep shade to more sunlight where they have thrived.
Of all our replanted wildflowers, my favorites remain the daylily.
They are bright and tall. On a good year — like this one — they stand taller than me. Of course, I’m so short it’s nothing special being taller than me, but you get the point I’m sure.
Our wild garden is blooming! It’s crazy growth time in the valley. Slow getting started, everything is over the top and I think we are going to have a massive display of roses and lilies this year.
A week ago, there wasn’t a single bud on any of the rosebushes. By Friday, it was covered in buds … both the pink and the red bushes. Two days later, the roses are in full bloom, but there are thousands of buds still on the bushes. I guess that deep pruning was a good idea after all!
It’s harder to see the pink roses because they are in the back of the garden.
The lilies have started to bloom and the catalpa is flowering. Catalpa grows like a weed here. I love it when it blooms, but it drops seeds everywhere and cutting them down to get them away from the well and pipes is a thing.
Also, we have had a massive attack of sassafras trees. All of them rooted since winter and are now taller than me. We are going to have to get out the chainsaw and hack them down.
One sassafras tree is lovely. Two dozen is a bit much.
So these are pictures of our day. I already showed off the fourth orchid. This is the rest of the grounds. We’ll have a wild month of July, then everything will die back. Once the lilies are gone, it will look like a giant brown bed of weeds, but for one month, the garden is magic.
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