Here’s the view of the garden from an upstairs window that greets me in the morning.
I’m not an early riser, but at this time of year, I look forward to getting out for a stroll in the garden before the heat of the day sets in, while the air is still fresh. That’s the view from the front porch, above, with the garden beckoning.
By July, the garden is lush, and with the daylilies starting to bloom, there are new faces to see every morning.
I like the tracery of long morning shadows on the dewy grass.
The shade garden receives a bit of slanting morning sun that lights up the plumes of astilbe.
Some plants, like this Aralia cordata ‘Sun King’, don’t need the sun to glow. They burn with their own fire.
The mature plants in the hosta dell are beginning to put out flower scapes.
I planted three different varieties of monarda at one corner of the garden and they have taken the task of filling the space seriously. This year, the birds and bees have plenty of bee balm to choose from.
Here’s Gnome Chomsky, tucked into the larch glade.
St. Francis watches over a stand of dill and parsley set out for butterflies.
The Persicaria polymorpha is at its magnificent best.
Here are a few more views to round out the tour.