Sunday, July 27, 2008

Sunday Stroll - A World of Loveliness

Morning broke through the rain clouds, bringing a few light showers before a day of wind and hazy sunshine.

There is a lot of red, orange and purple in the front garden now. This year's first Autumn Red Daylily opened this morning. Purple Coneflower and one of my Buddleia (Butterfly Bush) are bursting into bloom as well. This photo isn't very focused, but I like the way the plants are intertwined and making their own bouquet. Night Beacon, another of my dark daylilies, is floating boldly above its yellow-green foliage.

The yellow hyperion daylilies are making a cheerful statement in several locations in the butterfly garden. The first bright blue stars of balloon flowers are opening amid the swelling balloons of the many blossoms which will follow. Tiny cosmos, the "offsprings" of last year's full-sized Cosmos, are blooming amid the iris leaves and beneath a petite dappled-willow.

Our roses are becoming lost amid the tangle of fragrant tea herbs, but two coral beauties have emerged to remind us that they are still there. I cannot say what cultivar these are. The original rose, grafted to a hardy root stock, died off after the first season. These coral red roses have appeared each year since.

photos by Aisling, July 27, 2008


Nan said...

I love that Night Beacon daylily. I'm going to see if I can get one. I love the way you know their names. I know my Stella D'Oro and I think, the Hyperion, and definitely the Little Fred. I ought to go online and find out all the other names. I so love them. The balloon flower is so, so nice. What a color! Love this strollin', Aisling!

Aisling said...

Nan, It's a strange thing about the names. I read them when I first buy the plant and then they just stick with me. I keep all the original plant markers, with growing information, in a box and so if I'm ever confused about the cultivar, I refer to that.

Thank you for your nice comments. I'm really enjoying strolling on Sundays "with" other gardeners. :)

Robbin with 2 B's! said...

Thanks for sharing, you had a lovely stroll full of color again and it made me smile. I didn't attempt it yesterday as I missed th early morning and it was humidly HOT and I hate that.
But enjoying yours and the others who strolled yesterday made me happy and was ALMOST as good as getting outside myself.
(I swear I can smell your rose).

Aisling said...

Robbin, Thank you for visiting. I'm glad you enjoyed strolling with us vicariously, and when the heat and humidity subside, you can get outside in your own neck of the woods.


linda said...

ah aisling, everything is so pretty all the time...I wouldn't know what to do with rain in the summer time!!

hoping to join you all one of these days for another stroll :)

Aisling said...

Linda, I wish at least a few refreshing rain showers would surprise you this summer. Just think how the garden would respond!

I look forward to you joining us again soon.