We're in the height of Lily season now, and the garden is absolutely filled with scent on the warm, humid evenings we've been having. The lilies were actually bought as potted specimens 2 years ago, as an instant solution to some unsightly bare spots that I needed to fill for the last competition. They have gone on to become truly handsome, exuberant clumps since then, despite ongoing battles with Japanese Lily Beetle (in which to date, I have been victorious!).
Here's a snapshot of what is going right now.....let me know if you think I'm in with a chance for a prize this year!!
|These lilies are the most fragrant, and luckily are right by the front door to the house. Coral carpet roses are growing through them as a compliment.|
|This Ruby Tuesday helenium is a new addition, and just coming into bloom now. I LOVE it!|
|The phlox look amazing this year - the "chelsea chop" definitely seems to have improved them, and no mildew as yet!|
|My first Canna bloom is out.....looks like a little flame, which is appropriate given recent furnace-like temperatures!|
|the roses are having a rest after their very strong first flush of flowers. New buds are starting to swell.|
|This clematis, Gravetye Beauty, has taken hold after being moved last year, and is doing a nice job of covering an unsightly municipal guy wire on my plot.|
|Perovskias are coming out now, and in the background, you can see the intense dark red blooms of Arabian Dahlias, which I started in the spring. These are another highlight!|
|The window boxes have filled out, and are looking quite nice now.|
|Sunshine impatiens are one of the few annuals in my garden, since most annuals are easy fodder for the horrendously large slug and snail population in my lakeside garden.|
|Double Delight roses are already reblooming.|