The pond continues to be a delight. We love the new double falls ...
|The real frog is at the bottom of the picture.|
Around the pond the roses are blooming again. The white gooseneck loosestrife is dying off and the beebalm has totally finished flowering for the season. The daylilies come and go depending on the variethy.
Three butterfly bushes, a pink, a mauve, and a 'dark knight' are heavy with flowers. I'm showing just one this time.
|Butterfly bush flanked by hollyhocks and daylilies|
H.H. came home with another mirror-find. It has no frame so I leaned an old window-frame in front of it. The daylily at the bottom of the picture is Hermerocallis Chicago Apache - my all-time favorite daylily.
|Hermerocallis Chicago Apache|
Some of my other daylilies ...
|Hermerocallis Anita Davis|
|Hermerocallis Siloam Bo Peep|
We call the large hosta bed 'Connie's Garden' because it was planted by my mother-in-law when H.H. was an infant. It was the only flower bed on the property when I came here nearly 25 years ago. I wonder what Connie would think of the garden now?
Connie's hostas are bee magnets ...
|Now you see it ...|
|... now you don't! (Yes, the bee is all the way inside.)|
My new miniature hosta collection is filling out nicely. The plants are taking turn to bloom.
Do visit Diana's blog, Elephant's Eye , to see what signature plants she chose so far for her virtual-garden meme.
I plan to get back in the habit of posting 3 or 4 times a month but it is time consuming and during my break I accomplished a lot. I spent more time working in the garden, had two large garden tours here -- one included a tea party and the other a picnic, and I spent more time with my grandchildren. My nine-year old grandson stayed here and helped me prepare for the English tea party. He had great fun learning about his heritage, and is becoming quite an accomplished cook.
I also read a lot of books the last few weeks, and not just garden-related ones. I have been working my way through Opreh's Book Club selections. So you can see I have been very busy, but my favorite activity is working in my garden. As always in the summer months, when it is very hot, I go outside about 6:00 am and work for two or three hours. I do this most days.
|The cottage garden at the end of June.|
|Japanese beetles love my roses.|
|How can I finish the new 'look'?|
Along the same lines, we have said goodbye to the beautiful fields of oats around us.
|Upper field with oats in June.|
Yesterday, the farmer who tends our fields arrived with the harvester ....
... I wonder what fall will bring?
Enjoy your beautiful gardens dear friends!
|Baby Wrens (today)|
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