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