July flew past, with loads of beauty and production in the garden. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we even reached 85F a couple of times, but now we’re back to our comfortable, summery low 70s.
ONE – This early morning view from our bedroom makes getting up and into the garden a breeze.
TWO – Harvests! These and many more I forgot to photograph.
THREE – Roses are beyond beautiful throughout the summer in my young rose garden. This one stem is from a spectacular floribunda called Connie’s Sandstorm.
FOUR – Continuing on the rose theme, I added three David Austin climbers along fences around Coppertop this spring, mainly to replace some once-and-done, blackspot-prone, hot pink climbers that were here when we moved in. Below are peachy Lady of Shalott and golden Graham Thomas, captured a couple of weeks ago with their very first blooms. Now they’ve grown substantially. The third new climber, A Shropshire Lad, is forming first buds. By next year I have no doubt these will fill the fences.
FIVE – The pond is brimming with grasses and waterlilies. It’s next to the rose garden where I spend a good amount of time sniffing and clipping, and my eye is captured by the shadows and light at play and by American goldfinches who bathe and feast in lily pads. I attempted to post a short movie with the birds’ sweet antics, although it’s a bit hard to see them. The mower starts up mid way, too — ugh.
SIX – I’m enamored with three, new Hydrangea arborescens ‘Incrediball’. Silly name, gorgeous flowers. The blooms are bigger than basketballs and stay upright! These glow at dusk when we’re enjoying the deck. The entire row of plants is new this year, another place we removed lawn and added a border. The border includes hydrangeas, dahlias, penstemon, clematis, roses, geum, and other plants I’ll share another time.
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