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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.

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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.

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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.

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Various monarda, or beebalm species provide colourful highlights.

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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.

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Astilbes star along the path beside the hay barn.

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Some hosta species are just beginning to bloom. This bird bath was added this spring.

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Here’s the dragon Emrys, guarding the path by the yellow Verbascum nigrum.

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Elf Galen dozes in dappled shade.

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The frog pond is lush with growth.

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The shady tamarack tunnel remains cool on a hot day.

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The red-and-gold bed features Tiger Eye sumacs (Rhus typhina ‘Bailtiger’ Tiger Eyes®).

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We found this Cardinal whirligig while visiting Pennsylvania and brought it back to mark the new rose trail.

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Finally, here are daylilies making a show. Next post, I’ll highlight some beautiful hemerocallis faces for daylily addicts.

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