It’s miserably hot, and the garden is really only inhabitable in the very early morning, or after the sun goes down. The best I can do in terms of gardening is go outside and snap a few shots here and there while watering. Here are a few things that have been brightening my days in the last two weeks.
Despite constant leaf litter, I have rarely appreciated the shade this massive Magnolia grandiflora tree gives, more than now.
It is covered in large, citrusy vanilla-scented, white flowers. But they are high, high up, so I had to climb up on a ladder to take to take this photo. For the most part, you only know they are there because you see them from a distance, or because of that wonderful fragrance.
Here is the tree itself – it’s pretty big. You could totally say that it dominates the front of the house. By now. the plants in front of it have filled in a lot more, a few are gone, and more have been added. This photo is from 2012.
The Asiatic lilies have come and gone.
The Yucca is blooming. Every year, I look forward to their tall trunks with trusses of flowers.
At first. they were beautifully upright – as they usually are. But one day when I came home, they had all flopped over. Have no idea why… Wind gust? Outgrown its narrow hell-strip home? Not enough water? (For a Yucca – nah, I doubt it…) Does any of you know what might have caused it? I had three flower stalks. All three of them toppled – just like that.
Clematis are blooming everywhere.
Spiders are everywhere. I feel really bad when I trample through their work with the grace of a buffalo stampede.
Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ is in full bloom.
Ferns have GOT to be one of my favorite plant types.
The hot pink of the Sanguisorba obtusa has by now faded to a creamy white. Hopefully it will set seed – it is such a cool flower.
A rose that was given to me because of my name. It’s called ‘Anna’s Promise’. Not sure what I should promise… to find it a better spot than it’s in, perhaps?
In the backyard, the Eremurus have faded…
… and the vigor of my ornamental grape (Vitis vinifera ‘purpurea’) is making me consider buying a machete.
A new discovery for this year – a summer bulb called Sprakelia – here in bud.
Not the best shot, but here is the flower, after it opens.
Another fave newbie – Canna ‘Cleopatra’. Just look at those awesome leaves…
A hardy orchid – Bletilla – is in full bloom. So pretty!
This always looks so cool as it shoots out of the ground and starts unfurling – Sauromatum venosum.
I watch with interest as it unrolls its leaves. Here it is – finally open!
June is when the Star jasmine bursts into full bloom, and the fragrance fills the garden.
If it only wasn’t so infernally hot, I would be outside enjoying the garden’s brief late June exuberance. While the sun tries to burn it all to a crisp, my dear kitty does the only right thing. He finds a shady spot under a shrub, and dreams himself away. Sweet dreams, y’all!