To walk about our gardens this July gives me an Autumnal feel, that bit of melancholy already. Everything seems to have had an early start and I fear will also meet with an early end as well.
There have been plenty of surprises though with plant combinations that I never witnessed here before. For example, never have I experienced such early roses, roses capable of blooming along with my clematis. Not unusual for many, but simply unheard of for me here at the farm.
This photo of Clematis Fascination sums up what is good about the garden this year. You see not only the lovely firm bell-shaped blooms but also the beautiful seedheads from past blooms and buds in anticipation of what is left to come.
Delphiniums and roses have mostly finished their first round of blooms but many are showing the new young growth for a second round. It is so nice to have lushness as well as hope for the things to come!
The lilies here have begun their season with a bang. It is an effort to keep on top of deadheading. It has never required such an effort before! I attribute this to the heat and drought, not the number of birthdays I’ve stacked up. Such a short lifespan the lilies have!
Gloriosa daisies shine with asparagus foliage behind.
There is just so much in bloom!
Many clematis. (Blush!)
Just one of many!
A white balloon flower has grown into an enormous plant… to my great delight and surprise! Never before…
The grasses and Amsonia are gradually changing color as is the Tiger Eye Sumac.
I’m loving it all, although the watering is a strain. There is so much more, and even more to come.