It seems that quite suddenly, summer has brought the entire world into bloom — and that means hosting a whole bunch of guests to a bloomin’ banquet. There’s plenty to eat and drink — so, bring a chair, sit back, and relax.
First up: butterflies. I’m not sure what type of butterfly this is, but the garden is full of them. They really don’t socialize with the other guests, and can often be found in pairs, fluttering about in mid-air and playing among the lavender.
The daylilies seem to be taking center stage — and while we’re on the subject, isn’t it about time that someone develops the week-lily or the month-lily. It seems almost criminal that a daylily should only flower for about a day. I mean, what if you happen to be busy that day? Does it mean you have to miss the show?
This is Bela Lugosi.
I’m afraid the name of this daylily has long been forgotten.
The yard seems to be inundated with this year’s trendsetters: dragonflies, or as I knew them from childhood — dining needles. They zip around and hover above the pool water, engage in air battles with one another, and then delicately rest on the tip of Liatris.
It wouldn’t be a “Bloomin’ Update” if I didn’t share some photos of my best garden friends, hydrangeas, as they put on their show. In fact, some of them — particularly the blue ones — are just getting started after sunset, when they seem to glow after absorbing light from the sun.
What kind of party would this be without some party crashers? They usually grab what they need and then buzz off to the next shindig.
Finally, I’d like to introduce you to some of the newbies — the first flowers on plants grown from seed.
The geraniums are just about ready to explode.
Here is the first of Bishop’s Children dahlia . . .
‘. . . and Strawberry Fields gomphrena.
I hope you all had a nice time. Let’s do this again, real soon.