There is just too much happening within my garden today for me to go beyond the gate.
This is a Oriental lily is a true lily (Lillium) as compared to the Day lilies (Hemerocallis) I showed you Tuesday.
My mother gave me this plant several years ago after being so thrilled by one given to her by her son-in-law, John.
The bloom is long-lasting and smells ever so sweet in the evening just before the dew begins to fall.
A new Daylily bloomed yesterday. I think this was a natural cross from some of my others. It appeared as a small sprout that I couldn't bear to throw out during a bout with thinning. I planted it in a new bed beside an azalea that eventually died.
After finally reaching maturity, the understated blooms, though unexciting are a nice accent mark in a bed filled with Black-eyed susans and Coneflowers.
Other blooms I discovered this morning as wet grass began to hide my shoes were Bronze fennel . . .
. . . though I think this one is a cross of Fennel and Dill. I read that they shouldn't be grown too close together because you may end up with a plant that is a little of both but actually neither. I still use it in cooking when the recipe doesn't need to be too specific.
Garden phlox (Phlox paniculata) is making its second appearance in a weedy bed that was partially mowed in Spring.
Though it looks much like the invasive Dames rocket (Hesperis matronalis) this one came from a seed packet. I planted the seeds myself.
Black-eyed susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
and what is probably a Gloriosa Daisy ( Thanks fairegarden for the ID. - anyone, always feel free to help.)
are helping Coneflowers (Echinacea) to boldly call in butterflies.
This delicate Coreopsis relative does its part to brighten up a corner. Seeds from an ancestor were filched from a restaurant's flowerbed years ago.
It has been good summer for color.
One last look before we go . . .
Thanks for joining me. See you in the ether on Monday!