Our garden has been more beautiful this summer than any of the other 18 summers we have lived here. I suppose that is not unexpected since we have been dabbling in the garden since day 1. It hasn't all been forward movement; some things we have done have been more successful than others. But then experimenting is half the fun.
|This is the front of the house. We have a stone path that leads from driveway across the front and around the side to the patio in back.|
|The asiatic lilies were prolific. This bed is behind the garage and my office window overlooks this scene.|
|We went crazy one year and planted a border of asiatic lilies around the entire front and side garden beds. The orange lilies are in bloom in this photo. A few weeks later, the pink star gazer lilies that were inter-mixed began to bloom.|
|I managed to overwinter the canna lilies and they made a beautiful comeback once they got back onto the patio.|
|This is the front of the house. The front door is tucked around to the left of the garage. Most of the plants are herbaceous perennials that have self-seeded.|
|We started with 3 liatris plants, 6 moonbeam cosmos, 3 purple coneflowers, 3 black-eyed susans, and 3 butterfly weed plants.|
We have gotten so much pleasure from creating it and watching it progress from spring, through summer, and into autumn for 18 years. With any luck, this is our last summer here in this house; leaving it and the garden will be bittersweet. Hope you enjoyed the tour; we certainly enjoyed our time here.
|I'll end this post with a backlit view from underneath a crane's bill geranium. This little plant has blooming its heart out all summer and shows no sign of slowing down.|