First, I have to report to Michele that the tomato plants you gave us are growing like crazy and look great. Here are a few pictures from this morning of the vegetable garden:
So, we are having another garden party, on July 15, to celebrate the hemerocallis (daylilies) which are the pride of my garden. Stella d’Oro is already blooming along with the first Siloam Ury Winnifred, and a few other yellow ones.
The most dramatic flower in the garden right now are the delphinium, which are just reaching peak. I have been working on widening paths and doing other landscaping in the lower part of the front yard. Here are the before and after shots of the pathway:
This is another view of that newly widened path from the other direction:I like it that you can actually get through the garden now without having to bring a machete. I had to pull out a whole row of gooseneck loosestrife, but they’ve happily jumped the stone wall on the other side of the patch and are spreading that way, which is fine. In the same area, the bottom part of the front yard, I added a clear, rock-lined path to the little bench against the potting shed:This is a very nice place to sit in the late afternoon, because it is shady and has a little breeze. Here is another picture of it:The view of the front yard in the morning sun is always beautiful: I rely a lot on hosta for this part of the garden. They’re so easy! I also have gooseneck loosestrife, lily-of-the-valley, bleeding heart, and solomon seal in there. And a few ligularia. Those need lots of moisture so I mulch them heavily or they wilt. The hostas never wilt, and I like the variety of leaf shape, texture, color and pattern. Here is one of my favorites:The garden under the kitchen window is pretty much nothing but hostas. They’ve filled the whole area in and I love it. A row of Stella daylilies runs along the bottom, and a few foxglove (digitalis) cling to the rock wall. Lastly, here are a few of the flowers that have just started blooming in the last few days: