Garden 337

A cottage garden in an urban setting

Sunny Sunday and Lovin’ the Lilies

Temps have come down a bit–into the mid-80’s.  And the humidity is better.  I had a little get-together for neighbors Friday night and it was so pleasant in the garden. So, good company and companions make for a lovely evening.

Lilies and the Lady

The day lilies are in their glory. But I’m discovering that my record keeping last summer is slightly flawed.  Which clump of lilies is Druid’s Chant?  And why doesn’t Lavender Stardust look like the pictures on the internet? I suppose in the end it doesn’t matter.  They are just as lovely.

I found this dragonfly resting on a lily frond.

Dragonfly on Lily Frond

He/she was very patient as I took a picture.

I’m still struggling with the “False Garden.”  I bought the wrought iron bench a couple years ago at the Garfield Park Art Show.  It has sat in a number of different places, none of which has been quite right.  It’s now in the False Garden, and I’m not sure this is the right home for it either.  Perhaps I need to take out the False Lupine and the False Sunflower, move the bench closer to the arborvitaes, and put the lupine and sunflower someplace else.    For the time being, some house plants have taken up residence on the bench.  I moved them out there when I had my concert because they were taking up too much space in the sun room.  I needed seating space.  As it turned out, I needed standing room, too.  Almost 50 people attended.  That’s a lot of audience for my house.

Below are a couple of shots of the Secret Garden this afternoon.  I love the textures.  The white liatris in the west side of the garden is starting to bloom, but the clump on the east near the garage isn’t quite there yet.

West side of Secret Garden
East side of Secret Garden near entrance

Below these Secret Garden images are a couple of before and after shots of the False Garden.  “After” isn’t quite accurate, though.  I have a lot more to do in this garden.

I am, by the way, officially out of those flat limestone rocks that I found in the secret garden that first summer I lived here. They have served me very well.  This picture reminds me that I have to paint that cross piece on the garden gate.

False Garden July 11, 2010

False Garden in 2009

About Me

I haven’t always been a gardener, but I have always loved gardens. It has taken 16 years to get my gardens into the shape they are today. And, I’ve had help. I’m 74 years old, have rheumatoid arthritis, and had a late stage cancer six years ago. I am, though, intrepid. I’m the kind of person who plods along, tailoring my goals as I go. Last November I had a long overdue knee replacement surgery and I’m hoping this spring, summer, and fall will be able to maintain and find even more joy working in all of my garden beds. Full disclosure, though. I have a garden guy who comes once a week to work in my gardens.


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