Early morning is my favorite time in the garden. It’s quiet and there are few distractions. It’s a perfect time to enjoy the views. Here’s a look at my perennial beds this morning, July 13, 2014.
Having a back yard fence protects ‘deer candy’ plantings from the jaws of the area’s most prolific herbivores. Until we added the fence a few years ago, a necessity once we installed an in-ground pool, I had little success getting day lilies to bloom, and trying to grow phlox was futile. The beds have matured nicely. This week I finally had time to devote to my own rather than clients’ gardens. So … with fresh edging and mulch these beds are ready to show.
We enter from the gate.
And walk to the other end of the fenced-in yard.
The yellow and pink shades of the lilies provide the bulk of the mid-summer pop.
Here’s a closer look at the lilies currently in bloom.
Landini is a stunning shade of maroon, offering an unusual dark contrast to the Asiatic lily display. Take a look at the photo of ‘Rosella’s Dream’ in last week’s Morning in the garden post and you can see Landini’s buds.
Farther along in this bed, beyond the lilies, is day lily Hemerocallis ‘Siloam Ury Winniford’. She never had the chance to bloom until I transplanted her to this deer-protected area.
Then, farther along near a bird bath, is the last bloom of this Iris ensata.
Looking back toward the gate from inside the fence …
Two of the three day lily varieties have opened. You can see ‘Prairie Blue Eyes’ above and in close-up below.
Not captured in the overview shot is ‘Catherine Woodbury’.
Along the fence, phlox ‘Blue Paradise’ continue to bloom and send a sweet fragrance through the garden.
And the first balloon flower opened this morning.
Hemerocallis ‘Going Bananas’ continues to bloom between the phlox and balloon flower. See last week’s Morning in the garden post for a closer look of these bright yellow blooms.