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Here’s the view of the garden from an upstairs window that greets me in the morning.

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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.

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By July, the garden is lush, and with the daylilies starting to bloom, there are new faces to see every morning.

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I like the tracery of long morning shadows on the dewy grass.

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The shade garden receives a bit of slanting morning sun that lights up the plumes of astilbe.

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Some plants, like this Aralia cordata ‘Sun King’, don’t need the sun to glow. They burn with their own fire.

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The mature plants in the hosta dell are beginning to put out flower scapes.

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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.

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Here’s Gnome Chomsky, tucked into the larch glade.

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St. Francis watches over a stand of dill and parsley set out for butterflies.

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The Persicaria polymorpha is at its magnificent best.

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Here are a few more views to round out the tour.

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In spite of a paucity of attention from the head gardener this spring, the garden is looking beautiful. The late June garden is dominated by the Giant Fleeceflower (Persicaria polymorpha). This is its third year, and it has now achieved impressive dimensions. It’s over 6 feet tall and about the same wide. The white plumes are at their most eye-catching in the morning and the evening, when backlit by the low sun. Persicaria polymorpha is well-behaved, not given to sprawling onto its neighbours nor intent on invading garden spaces farther afield. If you have enough space, it is highly recommended.

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This spring, I dug out an additional couple of feet around one edge of the persicaria bed in order to improve the flow of the pathway sight line. Railguy has been very helpful in other garden expansion work and was primarily responsible for clearing out a section of overgrown shade garden and installing a pathway.

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The garden angel looks quite at home in her new location. She holds a shallow dish where insects can find water without risk of drowning.

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Railguy has also been working on redefining and clearing out the overgrown east border garden. This weekend, the corgis were visiting, and Remy took an active interest in the digging process. He attempts to catch each clod as it is tossed out of the garden.

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Pookie takes the sensible position that gardens should be restful places where one can refresh one’s soul.

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New Garden Path, View 1

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New Garden Path, View 2

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