I wrote this post almost a couple of weeks ago at the end of July, so if the seasonal information seems dated, that's why. Today is a misty, cool August morning; the sun is not yet up and the ground is drenched with dew as are the spiderwebs. I hear the coo of the mourning dove at dawn. Then a honking sound alerts and I look up to see a flock of low-flying geese cloaked in mist making their way over our barn and I wish I'd had my camera at the ready.
|Spiderweb in the morning mist|
But it's especially like that with the ditch lilies - I suppose because they accompany me most of the summer not only in my flower beds but in my house.
Ditch lilies make wonderful additions to bouquets and will continue opening and blooming even after they are cut! So this year as they wane, I apply a liberal coat of Off (the flies and mosquitoes will eat you alive this year) and go out to cut the last beauties to bring inside.
|Ditch Lily, Queen Anne, and Susan Bouquet|
|Red lilies (photos from 2013)|
|I call these my silvery-red lilies (photo from 2006)|
But I can take comfort because even though my ditch lilies and red lilies have departed, I can look out my kitchen and bedroom windows at my beautiful cleomes and susans which are now in full bloom! And I just got my first big pink hibiscus flower this morning!
|View out my bedroom window this year - Susans,|
Sweet Peas, and Cleomes aka "Cat Whiskers"
|Photo of my dinner-plate hibiscus blooms from 2012 - the year we had a record two-month drought (ain't Mother Nature a kick?)|
And has anyone else noticed how absolutely gorgeous all the Rose of Sharon bushes are this year? Sunday, Ben and I took my ninety-year-old mother and my eighty-seven-year-old aunt to Parke County for the annual Alward-Davis Reunion. It's a lovely hour's drive, mostly through the country and I marveled at all the Rose of Sharons on the way. They just leaped out at me. I want one!I turned 65 this spring and shortly thereafter strained my knee doing yard work - so happy to be on Medicare! Now that the rains have finally slacked and the sun is showing his face more often, if I can just get my tolerance up for this heat and get my leg back in shape, I can get back into the swing of summer and do some desperately needed weeding. It seems so strange not to have the garden vegetables coming in to keep us fed and busy, I almost feel lost!
Ditch Lilies shooting through the air on long, slender stems, and exploding into orange and yellow petals are Nature's Fireworks."