more paths, and the flowers of high summer arrive

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:

healthy tomatoes
healthy tomatoes
mulched sweet potatoes
mulched sweet potatoes between peas and fava beans
onions, beets, chard, goji berry shrubs, etc.
onions, beets, chard, goji berry shrubs, etc.

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.

Stella d'Oro
Stella d’Oro
first bloom of Siloam Ury Winnifred opened this morning
first bloom of Siloam Ury Winnifred opened this morning
daylily buds on a scape, in a fistful of blooms-to-be
daylily buds on a scape, in a fistful of blooms-to-be
lots of daylily buds!
lots of daylily buds!

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:

standing in the driveway looking into the (non)path
standing in the driveway looking into the (non)path
same spot after I weeded and widened the path and put down mulch
same spot after I weeded and widened the path and put down mulch

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:

beebalm coloring up and budded
beebalm coloring up and budded
the very first echinacea opened this morning
the very first echinacea opened this morning
heliopsis false sunflower
heliopsis false sunflower just starting
zinnia (grown from seed!) are budded
zinnia (grown from seed!) are budded
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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Valerie says:

    Go tomatoes! Yay Summer! I am so high on this heat and humidity. Your gardens are more fabulous than ever. The lance-leaf coreopsis you gave me is growing tall and strong.

  2. Michele Whalen says:

    I am thrilled those Amish Paste tomatoes made it Anne. I have none of them but 17 other tomato plants that are doing very well. Everything looks just wonderful thanks to your and David’s hard work. Be well my Friend.

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