July 18, 2016
July 12, 2016
These smiles required seventeen years of marriage to create, but the bouquet was quick and easy. First I laid a stem of peony foliage on the table, then spread spikes of 'May Night' sage (Salvia), 'Venice Blue' speedwell (Veronica) and 'Walker's Low' catmint (Nepeta) on top. Next came a few stems of 'Caesar's Brother Siberian iris. Then I added stems with rounded flowers from 'Totally Tangerine' geum and 'Moulin Rouge' astrantia, plus some fluffy lady's mantle (Alchimella mollis). Finally I set a couple of 'Morning Lilac' intersectional peony blooms on top and tied the stems with raffia. It was easy to adjust the flowers as they lay on the table, and the bouquet photographed well because it was flat and one-sided.
Reality check: while gardening I usually look awful in a sweaty t-shirt with dirt smudges on my face, a few scratches from rose thorns on my arms or legs (I'm such a clutz), grime under my fingernails even when I remember gloves, and twigs sticking in my hair while it's falling out of a ponytail. No makeup, no hairspray, no pretty dress. But this photo accurately captures the joy I feel in my garden, so thanks Amber for nudging me to do this project!
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July 4, 2016
The garden is at the peak of daylily season right now, with generous flushes of deep pink 'Hush Little Baby' blooming in the west garden each day. Of course that means I have to deadhead quite a few blooms each morning, but it's easy work to snap the dead ones off. Also blooming above are some apricot colored Asiatic lilies, lavender 'Walker's Low' catmint (Nepeta) and yellow 'Early Sunrise' tickseed (Coreopsis).
'Lavender Stardust' is also getting less than its fair share of sun in the east backyard garden, but I don't have a better place for it right now.
'Frances Joiner' is happier than ever this year while getting plenty of sun and plenty of water thanks to a foot-tall popup sprinkler head installed this spring.