A MAGIC GARDEN – Marilyn Armstrong

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Our garden is magical for one month every summer. Usually between late May through much of June.

This year, it was July. It’s all roses and daylilies and for its single month, it’s absolutely magic.

Daylilies with roses along the edge
Also red roses
It’s not a macro, but it is as detailed a photograph of a daylily as I’ve ever taken.
Columbine
Spiderwort 
Lilac

 

WILD GARDEN IN BLOOM – Marilyn Armstrong

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.

Catalpa in bloom
Owen trying to tame the backyard
Owen making the backyard almost respectable
Roses
Even more roses
Daylilies
Wild garden

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.

Spiderwort
Welcome to the wild place

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.

More catalpa

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.

Lily and a few roses

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.

FLOWER OF THE DAY

SPIDERWORT – Marilyn Armstrong

Flower of the Day

They are true blue, but for some reason no matter what camera I use, show up as purple. Something about the way the light hits it. I finally got them back to their natural color, which is a rich, cornflower blue.

 

COLUMBINE – FLOWERS OF THE YEAR

The roses have no buds. The day lilies are tall and green, but no flowers. Not a single flower and I don’t even see buds. This weather has just stopped the flowers in their tracks. I’ve never seen this before, where the flowers just stop growing. I am hearing this from others, so this season has been a strange one.

The roses have no buds. Maybe they will develop late buds and do all their blooming at the end of June or even July? They typically have a long blooming life … but none at all? I can’t believe they won’t even throw a couple of random flowers. By now, they are usually covered with perfect little roses. So … other than the Columbine, we have a few spiderwort and a few wild strawberries. Everything is incredibly green, so maybe eventually we’ll have more.

Meanwhile, we don’t have the flowers we should have, but we sure do have a lot of Columbines!

Flowers of the Day