And strangely enough, I don't feel any different!
They gave me an amazing dish garden full of various sedums, 8 in all.
What a wonderful present!
I thought I'd show you what the gardens are looking like now, after two days of good, soaking rains. We've had such a dry summer...the complete opposite of last years flooding rains, but now the lawn has greened up and the flowers are looking happier.
There are several clumps of the tall red asiatic lilies in the front gardens. They're spectacular and the blooms last for a few weeks. The red Monarda (bee balm) is a favorite of hummingbirds. They like the pastel colors too.
The Gloriosa Daisies (Rudbeckia Hirta), or Black-eyed Susans, spread themselves around freely, and often crowd out my lilies and other perennials. I should move more of them, but they're shallow rooted and don't move well unless it's done early and they're kept very well watered. They provide such a bright, colorful, long-lasting show that I hate to disturb many of them, and this spring I didn't have time to move anything much around.
The lovely daylilies are blooming!
This one is Persian Market
This is the same creamy yellow lily as the one in the photo with the Persian Market. I've divided it into several clumps. I don't know its name. It's an oldie that I've had for about 16 years. I planted 3 back then and apparently didn't make a note of the names.
Also blooming in this garden are Cerise Queen Achillea (Yarrow), Shasta Daisies, and more Gloriosas.