Lilies in Heat

They say the heat dome that gave us temps in the 90’s has moved on, but it’s still hot and humid here in west Michigan.  But the day lilies know it is their time to shine, and shine they do!  It’s also time for the crocosmia and this is its best year.  I love that bright red.

Day Lilies and Crocosmia

But also blooming is the old rose of sharon.  The bees and the hummingbirds love it.

The Old Rose of Sharon in the Lower Garden
Rose of Sharon
A "Nameless" Day Lily

So, today, this is what the Secret Garden looks like.

Can A Rose Choke A Rose of Sharon??

Old Rambler in the Rose of Sharon

It has always lurked at the picket fence that divides my yard from the neighbor’s, and I though I thought it was pretty, I really didn’t pay it much heed.  So, imagine my surprise yesterday morning when I saw deep crimson blooms in the rose of sharon.  First the tree gets pink flowers.  Second, it doesn’t bloom this early in the season.

The deep crimson is the old climbing rose that has grown tall and sturdy through the branches of the rose of sharon.  What a pleasant and unexpected surprise.

Does anyone know whether a rambling rose can choke a rose of sharon?  Should I cut those canes that are so wonderfully laden with blooms?  Or should I nurture its rambling nature?