Today I strolled through the back garden and snapped these photos. It’s been a perfect summer for gardening in the DC area. Too much rain in May, yes, but since then the weather has been warm and summery but not unpleasant. Bouts of humidity have been balanced by dry breezy days. I almost don’t recognize my hometown.
It’s made the hydrangea happy as can be. I’m not sure why two plants next to one another should be pink on one side and blue on the other. Perhaps it was Morty’s helpful digging around the roots?
The lilies are coming. Yellow and orange day lilies, tiger lilies and then the 6-foot Casa Blancas. July is lily month.This “Lady in Red” red-stemmed fern is vigorous. Wonderful addition to a vase of flowers. At some point, the neighborhood cat (who hangs out in the backyard at night) will make a cat-shaped impression in them, but for now, they still look pretty good.
On the left, Annabelle hydrangea, a plant that is cut to the ground every fall and returns with these massive white blooms every summer. On the right, the flowers of the oak leaf hydrangea, aging from white to rose.
Climbing white rose, boxwoods and a lace cap hydrangea surround the shady nook and guard the back gate. On the other side of the gate, the beech tree, a gorgeous specimen.
Happy Sunday, friends. Get outside in the garden today.