The fire-orange asiatic lilies in the detail above are finished, the orange daylilies are on the wane. Most of the roses are having downtime (the blooms are gone, but buds are forming that will open before summer's end). A few varietals still have not bloomed (eupatorium, sedum and most of the rudbeckia). But otherwise the garden has entered its high summer state: more flowers are out at once than at any other time, offering the greatest variety of form and colour.
Here are some views of the beds in what will probably be my last large-scale garden post.
Side view of the front retaining wall bed, brighter than ever:
Different angle of the same bed, showing one of the few roses still in bloom, "Chateau Merlot", lower left corner:
The same bed viewed from the walk; note the purple liatris in the foreground, pink big-buttoned cone flowers behind the liatris and red monarda, with airy blue-lilac sprays of Russian sage rising high beside them, just blooming:
The bed under the front window, shasta daisies in the foreground, glimpses of purple liatris, orange day lilies, red monarda, lilac hosta, yellow achillea and pink cone flowers beyond:
This is how the front gardens look from the living room window (Charles and Elsa barely discernible in the cat bed on the left). I love the way the gardens look from the house, clearly visible from the kitchen, dining and living rooms:
East entrance to the little patio in the back yard, such a pleasant place to sit in the afternoon and evening:
How the garden looks from my favourite chair. The yellow flowers are coreopsis zagreb in the foreground, achillea in the background. Two monarda, red and pink, are a favourite of hummingbirds, territorial little blighters that constantly chase off the competition. Not a bit cooperative, like gregarious crows or grackles.
View from the west side, highlighting the red monarda. I wish monarda bloomed all summer, bees and butterflies love it so much:
Here's a closer view of the flowers at the top of the stone wall. You can see the spikes of liatris, just starting in this bed because of more hours of shade. The thin bluish sprays behind and to the right of them are the blooms of anise hyssop. I had never heard of this plant before I purchased it a few years ago. I'm very pleased with it. It divided nicely, too. And the foliage has a beautiful smell when bruised.
This is the back bed, by the wood table and benches. It hasn't changed much except that the pink astilbe is fully in bloom. Liatris flowers are just emerging on the right, in front of the weathered phone pole.
The last photo is a close-up of a peach-coloured day lily in the small, shady, often too-wet bed below the apple tree. I bought this at a neighbourhood plant sale, a division from a very nice garden up the street. At first it was planted in the front bed and I didn't think much of it. It was not tall and was so pale it was nearly invisible in the front bed, otherwise teeming with florid blooms. I was thinking of throwing it out, but moved it instead. In this little bed it has come into its own. The other plants, which also have pale, delicate colours, accent rather than overwhelm it. In its new location, it has become one of my favourite flowers.
~ "Of Humans and Hobbits" by jan-u-wine, Frodo's actor considering returning to his famous role.