unusual weather for july

We’re enjoying this unusually cool weather. July tends to be hot and humid. Today, I think we had a high of 79* and the sun peeked out just once at the end of the day.

front porch

Most of the day, though, was cloudy in the garden.

east front yard

After all the rain we’ve had, the weeds are tall but very easy to pull. We get tons of redbud volunteers and the rain made pulling them easy, too, as DH shows.

6" of rain makes the trees easy to pull

Even though the daylily season is waning, there is still a lot of color in the garden. The purple cone flowers certainly help with that.


The daylily ‘Flasher’ is at its peak right now. You can see this one all the way across the yard! Great color!

Daylily 'Flasher'

Need a place to rest or somewhere to enjoy the view? There’s a bench waiting for you under the dogwood tree.

bench under the dogwood tree

Aren’t these colors yummy?


Sometimes, daylilies will have four petals and four sepals rather than the usual three each. Blossoms like this are called polytepal. ‘Cosmic Pinwheel’ had two polytepal blossoms. A third blossom had one extra sepal.

Polytepal 'Cosmic Pinwheel'

In the fenced garden, another bench waits for you. This bench is usually a sunny place to sit, but not today.

fenced garden

The daylily ‘Frans Hals’ is at its peak right now, too. How pretty is that?

daylily 'Frans Hals'

The phlox makes a great splash of purple in the background. If you have the space, plant in drifts of color. So pretty!

east front yard

At the back of the garden, a bed of daylilies separates two entrances into the woods. Which way do you want to go?

entrance into the woods

Coming out of the woods, you can rest under the mulberry tree…just push that elderberry out of the way. It’s beginning to overshadow the bench. Time to get out the pruners.

bench under the mulberry

In the back yard, near the daylily propagation bed, the pure white of the Southern Magnolia blossom looks so beautiful against the dark glossy green leaves. And the scent as you walk by? Wonderful!

Southern Magnolia

The redbud tree by the wood chip pile was a volunteer. It sits at the end of the parking area and, at one time, was backed over by the car. But it bounced back. 🙂 I decided to leave it there as a guide to keep the wood chips from being dumped too close to the fenced garden

back by the woodchip pile

Coming back from the garden, I’m confronted by the kitties. “Where’s supper??” they want to know. Left to right: Happy, Zak and Zilli. Oreo is nearby. He’s waiting, too.

Where's supper??

I hope you enjoyed the garden this evening. If you would like to see other gardens, click on over to Jean’s place for Bloomin’ Tuesday. Enjoy!

Bloomin' Tuesday

~~Rhonda 🙂


  1. Posted July 14, 2009 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    My goodness, in what state do you live? I’m packing my bags and heading there. Your garden is BEAUTIFUL!

  2. ~~Rhonda
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 12:17 am | Permalink

    Thank you, Suzanne. We are in southern Illinois. Come on over! ~~Rhonda 🙂

  3. Jean
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    Wow! What a lovely walk! I love that you have the room for large bunches of blooms. They certainly add a pop of color in your gorgeous yard. I love the old wooden fence that borders the area! Just wonderful! Jean

  4. Posted August 4, 2009 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    Looks like your garden is enjoying the cooler, wetter weather too!! (want to loan me your DH, any man that is that happy pulling weeds needs to come to my yard!!) Yummy colors is the perfect term:)

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