It's the colourful season in the garden, highlighted by the Day Lilies, but added to by a lot of other flowers in bloom. For a month in the middle of the summer, it's just stunning.
The bright orange Day Lily on the right here is 'Saugeen Sunrise', one of our favourites, bred locally at Artemesia Day Lilies. Someone said the other day that there are 80,000 varieties of Day Lilies, with amateur breeders by the thousands registering new varieties.
Here are other Day Lilies in front, and Bear's Breeches in the back, a striking vertical blossom with larges leaves that are sharp as thistles.
But among the flowers adding colour right now, the bright red Crocosmia is one of my favourites. It has just burst into bloom, and adds bright flashes of colour wherever it grows.
I particularly like how it peeks through the decorative cedar rail fence I built as a backstop for the garden. You can scarcely see the fence from the front anymore, the plants hide it so much, but behind it, both this beautiful purple Clematis and the Crocosmia show off their blooms unimpeded by all the other flowers.
It peeks over and through the fence, making this a time I like the looks of the garden from the path behind the fence.
It's been a busy and hot week, with lots of work getting done. I've been working for 15 minutes and then taking 20 minute breaks in the heat, to finish a small water feature in our yard that I started far too long ago! And we've had a team of 3 students out working on trails, building a bridge and fixing deep ruts and mudholes left by ATVs, so far very successfully I might add. Today I walked for 3 hours ground-checking a large trail map. Then I collapsed in a comfy chair with a large glass of water. I think I'm almost satisfied!