Summer Day

Coffee on the deck this morning looking down into the phlox, making me happy to be in this garden, but ESPECIALLY to have such a lovely summer day.

Summer rosemary

We took a bike ride to Minto Island, where last year about this time we were picking Queen Ann’s lace for the wedding!  But today…we just

Summer QALACESummer me QA laceSummer, R QA lace

had lunch and a bit of food shopping at MIG…

MIG

and headed home.  In the 1940’s our back garden looked like this

garden 1940's

It was a sunny garden, planted by the McElhinney’s about 1930.  But now there’s an addition on the house, a deck, and a LOT of shade.  In the 90’s Sally got me a peegee hydrangea in exchange for me doing some graphics for Gilbert House, and the peegee has been the queen of the garden ever since…here it is back before we built the studio…

PG 1

PG 2008?

PG2009

…and last year…

PG 2012

I pruned it hard last fall and it is just starting to bloom this week…

PG2013

the two year old lime-lights and the lady’s mantle are looking good…

limel;ights

lady's mantle

The garden is a refuge, a sanctuary (albeit a noisy one given our location) and a delight.

swallowtail

Summer arch to Gloria's

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