Morning in the garden – July 20, 2014

This morning in the garden there’s a chill in the air. Early temperatures were around 60 degrees Fahrenheit … a bit too cool for July 20, 2014 when nighttime temperatures often remain in the 70’s.

Here’s a quick look at some highlights in my zone 6 gardens; quick because I’m taking advantage of the cool temperatures and overcast sky to deadhead two 30′ Lamb’s Ear borders. Now that their blooms have mostly faded, and wind and rain have knocked the tall flower spikes askew, the borders look rather unkempt.

While I work, please enjoy the tour.

Wish me luck on catching another chipmunk thief … if you look closely at the upper right corner of the tomato photo you can see the trap. The little buggers had a wonderful meal on the last batch of nearly perfect red cherry tomatoes … gone before I could get to them. One thief has been captured and relocated in a habitat far, far away. Now we’re waiting to capture the next thief so it can go on a similar ride.

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Morning in the garden – July 13, 2014

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.

Welcome to joene's gardens in mid-July.

Welcome to joene’s gardens in mid-July.

And walk to the other end of the fenced-in yard.

Early morning in joene's gardens, mid-July

Early morning in joene’s gardens, mid-July

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.

Asiatic lily 'Landini' (foreground), Asiatic lily 'Rosella's Dream', and the yellow Hemerocallis 'Hyperion' July 13, 2014

Asiatic lily ‘Landini’ (foreground), Asiatic lily ‘Rosella’s Dream’, and the yellow Hemerocallis ‘Hyperion’ July 13, 2014

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.

Asiatic lily 'Landini' July 13, 2014

Asiatic lily ‘Landini’ July 13, 2014

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.

Hemerocallis 'Siloam Ury Winniford' July 13, 2014

Hemerocallis ‘Siloam Ury Winniford’ July 13, 2014

Then, farther along near a bird bath, is the last bloom of this Iris ensata.

Iris ensata (unknown variety), July 13, 2014

Iris ensata (unknown variety), July 13, 2014

Looking back toward the gate from inside the fence …

Perennial bed in joene's garden, July 13, 2014

Perennial bed in joene’s garden, July 13, 2014

Two of the three day lily varieties have opened. You can see ‘Prairie Blue Eyes’ above and in close-up below.

Hemerocallis 'Prairie Blue Eyes' July 13, 2014

Hemerocallis ‘Prairie Blue Eyes’ July 13, 2014

Not captured in the overview shot is ‘Catherine Woodbury’.

Hemerocallis 'Catherine Woodbury' July 13, 2014

Hemerocallis ‘Catherine Woodbury’ July 13, 2014

Along the fence, phlox ‘Blue Paradise’ continue to bloom and send a sweet fragrance through the garden.

Phlox paniculata 'Blue Paradise' July 13, 2014

Phlox paniculata ‘Blue Paradise’ July 13, 2014

And the first balloon flower opened this morning.

The first Platycodon grandiflorus, aka balloon flower, July 13, 2014

The first Platycodon grandiflorus, aka balloon flower, July 13, 2014 . 

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.

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