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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Summer continues (!), July 12, 2011.

Posted on 2011.07.12 at 19:25
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It's been another week of lovely warm weather, interspersed with drenching but not prolonged rain. Ah, heaven! The lilacs are completely done, but the roses are just coming out. Even the latest-blooming ones are now showing blooms. Woo hoo! They are small bushes, so much dies back every year in spite of being hardy to this growing zone (4), but they are very pretty, I think.

No big changes other than that. The Dutch and Siberian iris have finished. The yellow day lilies have peaked, but the tall yellow yarrow is opening, as well as the yellow evening primrose. In the sunniest white shasta daisies are just starting to blossom, but otherwise there is no new colour. When something red or orange or purple opens I'll photograph more. Right now, other than the scattered rose plants and pots of annuals, the only new flowers open are yellow.

As you can see, the lilac blossoms that covered the bushes beyond the wooden table and benches are all gone:


View of the patio border of roses, just coming into bloom:


The roses from the other direction:


In the foreground are two varietals of shrub roses hardy to this zone, "Rad-white" and deep red "Hope for Humanity". I have never tried this red rose before. I planted it at the end of May. I am really pleased with it!




belleferret at 2011-07-13 00:56 (UTC) (Link)
When it's a heat wave in the rest of the country, it's pleasantly warm up there! ;-)

You have a lovely garden!
mechtild at 2011-07-13 01:23 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! We have been spared the U.S. heatwave so far. It hasn't got out of the 80's for a high and some days have not got above the 70's. The big heat wave is supposed to be heading up to Minnesota this weekend, but Lake Superior -- a deep, very cold body of water with a surface area greater than that of Denmark -- is supposed to keep it at bay, so that the area right around the lake (including us) should not experience the heat they will be getting just a few miles further inland.

Belleferret, are you from New Zealand?
jan_u_wine at 2011-07-13 01:16 (UTC) (Link)
i continue to be jealous!!! (but that's really a sign of: I love it very much and wish I were there, breathing in the sweet air, seeing the sun rise and set, watching the mysterious Lake go about her busy-ness......)
mechtild at 2011-07-13 01:24 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, you'd love it. It's delightful to sit on the patio on days like these, or go for walks or bike rides. It's supposed to storm on Thursday, but after that better weather, although a chance of showers will remain in the forecast. I am hoping for a few nice days for Mary's visit.
Jo Ann
yeuxdebleu at 2011-07-13 01:28 (UTC) (Link)
Simply gorgeous. You really do take awesome photos.
mechtild at 2011-07-13 02:18 (UTC) (Link)
Nah, the camera takes good photos. It's such an easy to use little thing, even I can't screw it up. :) And I only post the pick of the litter. The majority of images get thrown out.
shirebound at 2011-07-13 02:42 (UTC) (Link)
What an incredibly gorgeous garden.
mechtild at 2011-07-13 03:04 (UTC) (Link)
Do you like it? I'm so glad. That's the patio we put in a few years ago. This is its third summer. Maybe I should do a post about it, "before and after". Our back yard didn't have a sitting area before, or all those gardens and only a third of the shrubs. I had a lot of fun designing it. It's so nice to be in now. The only drawback is how little of the year we can enjoy it. ;)
Lavender Took
lavendertook at 2011-07-13 04:12 (UTC) (Link)
It's so lovely with the roses, too.

In the second pic, what are the two trees to the left of the birches--the low one to the left of the umbrella and the good sized one to the right of the umbrella?
mechtild at 2011-07-13 12:17 (UTC) (Link)
The littler of the two trees is a Haralred apple tree (hardy for this zone) we planted nine or ten years ago, pruned to a low, spread "basket" shape, the much bigger tree an elderly flowering crab. It was here and mature when we bought the house eleven years ago. They were featured in flower in my June garden post:


Scroll down to the first photo. It shows them both in flower.
lame_pegasus at 2011-07-13 04:51 (UTC) (Link)
Gorgeous garden, of course... and now I want such a lovely garden rocking chair! (The first time ever that I see one!)
mechtild at 2011-07-13 12:23 (UTC) (Link)
They probably make them in Europe, too. They're what I think of as the sort of old-time wooden furniture that still is used in some state and national parks. Very sturdy, fairly comfortable, rustic, plain, cedar furniture. You just leave it out all year. We don't have anywhere to store the stuff so we didn't want to buy the modern furniture, which requires being brought in over the winter or put under elaborate covers. You do have to stain or paint it every other year, but that's all it requires.
maewyn_2 at 2011-07-13 12:27 (UTC) (Link)
Your garden is looking gorgeous! It all looks so lush and green!

The red roses look a lot like mine, with multiple flower heads on one stem - I don't know what variety they are, though. :)
mechtild at 2011-07-13 13:29 (UTC) (Link)
I can't wait till the orange day lillies and red monarda come out. They add so much colour. You might have the same roses, who knows? This one is featured up here because it's hardy to zone 3. The challenge for us is finding plants that grow up here, but many -- most? -- that do are more than happy to grow in a warmer climate.

Maewyn, as I recall Laurie had knee surgery in the spring (our spring, your autumn). How did that go? Is he recovered? I may have missed mention of it in your LJ.
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mechtild at 2011-07-13 16:28 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed looking. :)
not_alone at 2011-07-13 21:18 (UTC) (Link)
So now you're having lovely summer weather while we just get grey, chilly days interspersed with the occasion bit of sunshine!! I know you've had some rain, but I always love summer rain - all those gorgeous garden aromas it brings out!

Your garden is looking absolutely beautiful and that red rose is so gorgeous - there's something quite unusual about it, not sure what but it just looks a bit different to other red roses:)
mechtild at 2011-07-13 23:10 (UTC) (Link)
It's cooled off quite a bit today and storms are expected tomorrow. Can't complain about getting everything watered naturally. My complaints are about cold. It should be warm, but not hot, this weekend. Yeah!

I think that red rose may be different because of something Maewyn pointed out. Its blooms are formed in big clusters on the ends of stems. Maybe that's what makes it a stand-out.
frolijah_fan_54 at 2011-07-17 22:24 (UTC) (Link)
What a lovely garden - you have a very green thumb!!

Thanks so much for sharing the pics - I have no luck growing things myself so enjoy seeing how well others can do!! I'm glad you're not part of the heat wave that's making so many parts of the country miserable.
mechtild at 2011-07-18 02:04 (UTC) (Link)
Hi, Frolijah Fan! Actually, the heat wave got here today. I think it reached nearly ninety, which is very hot for here -- and very humid. The dehumidifyer in the basement is going great guns. But the plants are loving it. The big orange day lilies are opening as I watch, and the red monarda (bee balm) are unfurling as well, so I'll be taking new pictures later this week. There's supposed to be a big thunderstorm tonight, which makes sense, the air is so soupy and warm, but we'll see. They were forecast all weekend, but, in spite of intermittent overcast skies, no storms materialized.

Edited at 2011-07-18 02:05 am (UTC)
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