The perennial beds are proclaiming summer this week with their mix of roses, Shasta daisies, campanula, and delphinium. Our lack of rain for over a month now has made hand watering essential, yet we allow some areas of lawn to go dormant. That seems smart and conservative when we’re talking about acres. I snapped these photos in yesterday’s late afternoon shade.
Aha, I see above that one stachys or lamb’s ear blossom evaded my shears. Am I the only gardener who grows these for their velvety foliage and lops off the flower stalks as they appear?
I’m happy to report that the hens have been behaving themselves and staying out of the flower beds. It helps that there aren’t many bare patches in the summer beds for them to scratch around in.
Up in the black arches, a few ligularia are bright towers of yellow in a calm and cool space. Just one pole remained bare until I planted unidentified sweet pea seedlings, and they’re blooming now despite the shade — the only pastel sweet peas in my gardens this year.
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