Last Sunday, we welcomed friends and neighbours to an Open Garden day. By mid July, the garden is reaching its peak and RailGuy and I were happy to invite others to share its beauty. In spite of a very hot day, with the temperature in the 90s (35C), we had a good number of visitors and appreciated that they braved the hot sun to take a stroll through the flower beds.
Photographs never capture the full experience of a garden, the birds singing, a breeze blowing, the quiet calm, but here is a selection of photos that I hope you will enjoy.
The Giant Fleeceflower (Persicaria polymorpha), which dominates the June garden, is still handsome, but other tall plants, such as the Giant Maiden Grass (Miscanthus gigantus) have overtaken it.
Various monarda, or beebalm species provide colourful highlights.
This path at the far southwest corner of the yard leads past hostas to a corner filled with agastache and monarda planted for the bees.
Astilbes star along the path beside the hay barn.
Some hosta species are just beginning to bloom. This bird bath was added this spring.
Here’s the dragon Emrys, guarding the path by the yellow Verbascum nigrum.
Elf Galen dozes in dappled shade.
The frog pond is lush with growth.
The shady tamarack tunnel remains cool on a hot day.
The red-and-gold bed features Tiger Eye sumacs (Rhus typhina ‘Bailtiger’ Tiger Eyes®).
We found this Cardinal whirligig while visiting Pennsylvania and brought it back to mark the new rose trail.
Finally, here are daylilies making a show. Next post, I’ll highlight some beautiful hemerocallis faces for daylily addicts.