Tuesday, July 18, 2006

July & The Garden

The lavender, the yarrow, the rose campion have all been cut back. The white lilies came and dazzled. This bed is almost a sea of green in July, the black-eyed susans are starting to bloom. The new roses are budding. The fern has almost taken over the front bed. The ditch lilies are still going, and the hosta is blooming as the phlox, as the sage, as the snowball bushes. July & the garden. Here I start to slack off, the heat makes it all seem too much like a chore and my clipping shears are dull, dull, dull. I hoped last night's storm -- a show of heat lightning and full of hard rain -- would have made for a cool morning, but it's already humid, sticky. Oh for a set of gills.

10 comments:

michi said...

ha! gills! yes! :)

they predict 37C for tomorrow - that is, um, nearly 100F?

love your flowers. though mine aren't bad either ... but of course, we only have a balcony.

Sheryl said...

They are beautiful. I finally saw some lavender here.

Oh, I bought some pots! I will get something to plant soon!

Simmons B. Buntin said...

All those names remind me of the flowers we used to have in Colorado. I don't even think I've heard the word "hosta" since moving down to Arizona. It's a completely different plant palate down here. Not a bad thing, of course.

Radish King said...

I fell into this early this morning and have not found my way out.

gina said...

Your garden, not my garden but I'm lying to myself anyway.

jenni said...

wow, those really are beautiful. next year i think i'll plant flowers instead of corn (that i had to pull up!)

Sam of the ten thousand things said...

Being in the presence of flowers is a good reason for being human.

LitByFire said...

I never appreciated flowers until this year. That's a big thing, isn't it/

Penultimatina said...

I wish my garden looked like that when I started slacking! Our yard is a jungle, and the excess rain certainly doesn't help.

Beautiful pics! I love how the hosta and phlox just burst out blooming, seemingly overnight.

Suzanne said...

Michi, it's STILL muggy here. Uggh.

Sheryl, good news about your pots, I hope you're having fun.

Simmons,
I think that's why your photos are so captivating to me--those gorgeous and alien (to me) desert flowers!

Rebecca,
I would love to find you wandering around this garden, an orchid among the herbs!

Gina, Gina. :-)

Jenni,
Your garden looks delicious--not something anyone can say about mine--no room for veggies over here.

Yes, Sam, I agree.

C, now that you've noticed them you won't be able NOT to notice--joy!

Mary,
Those weeds love the rain don't they? I'm way behind on things and it's looking pretty reckless out there, so many, many weeds sprout up with every drop of rain.