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Red Admiral on Echinacea ‘Prairie Splendor’

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Red Admiral on Persicaria polymorpha

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Red Admiral on Daylily ‘Mata Hari’

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Red Admiral on Echinacea ‘Milkshake’

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Wildflowers

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Watcher in the Pond

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July! Already! The summer, as usual is whizzing by. The garden is lush and well-grown, with many plants reaching their full height and the daylilies beginning to bloom. The new vegetable garden has leaped up. That this area was bare ground just over a month ago beggars belief. The northern garden is an amazing annual event. This explosion of growth defies reason; and yet, there it is. Here’s a look around the garden today.

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Double Rainbow

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Pixie Parasol

Daylily season peaks towards the end of July, but the first blooms are beginning to open. Every day brings a new face. Here are the flowers that have been kicking off the bloom season over the last few days.

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Suzy Wong

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Brookwood Lee Causey

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Starman’s Quest

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Broken Heart

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Willow Wind

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Lavender Blue Baby

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Coyote Moon

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Mata Hari

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Hold Your Horses

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Tangerine Horses

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Fencing Master

Country Wedding

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Last weekend, we celebrated a very special event as Ponygirl, our middle daughter, was married. The wedding took place at Ecotay, near Perth, Ontario, a rural venue featuring several barns in a pastoral setting. We were blessed with a beautiful day, and after months of planning and work, everything came together with nary a hitch.

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Many hands helped to prepare the site on Friday.

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Here’s the dining room, with chargers laid out to protect plates for the night.

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Seven-month-old flowergirl Coralie made a practice run in the rehearsal.

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The bride-to-be posed with her older and younger sisters, and niece Coralie.

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Finally, the big day arrived. Fiddlegirl provides the musical accompaniment.

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Ringbearer Remy smiled as he watched his ‘mom’ walk down the aisle…

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…accompanied by her parents.

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The ceremony was lovely.

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Here I am with the bride during the dinner hour.

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Dinner was followed by dancing. The bride and groom danced to ‘Toothpaste Kisses’ by The Maccabees.

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Father and daughter danced to ‘Turn Around’ by the Kingston Trio. Afterwards, a live band took the stage and the guests danced the evening away. Congratulations and best wishes to Gaelan and Kris.

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