summer garden

The daisies began blooming last week. The clumps of white add a lot to the daylily beds. These are the daisy ‘Becky.’ It’s a sturdy plant and great at staying upright. Never needs staking. It spreads quickly, so give it plenty of room or be prepared to divide it in the next few years.

daylilies and Daisy 'Becky'

The Russian sage seems to suffer this year from the lack of rain. It looks good, but is not as full and vigorous as it usually is.

daylily bed

The daylily ‘Red Hawk’ has long flower scapes (stalks). The blossoms hover well above the plant.

Hemerocallis 'Red Hawk'

The center of the driveway is a mix of some good spots and some very weedy spots. It needs to be reworked. The northern end has a nice bed of daylilies, though.

daylily bed

Where the lawn gets full sun, the grass is dry, brown and brittle. Mowing sends up a cloud of dry grass and dust.

Dust cloud from mowing very dry grass. We need rain.

The only way to know if I had mowed parts of the lawn was to look for the flower stalks of the English plantain. Just look at how brittle and dry that grass is. Thankfully, those parts of the yard that get more shade are still green and growing, if slowly.

English plantain

As a general rule, the only watering we do is when putting in new plants to get them well established. We do not water the lawn or the flower beds. Mulching and mature plants that are crowded together help preserve the moisture. But we are way behind on rain this summer and the sun-soaked parts of the garden are suffering.

The tiger lilies opened this week. Even though orange is my least favorite color, this is such a pretty flower. Do you see the tiny inch worm standing on his hind legs?

tiger lilies

tiger lilies

Some of the hostas that are in a lot of sun are beginning to burn a bit. But most get enough shade that, even is the dry conditions, they still look great. Many are flowering right now.

hosta flowers

Hosta ‘Gold Standard’ and “Lemon Lime’ and ‘Pizzazz’

Hosta 'Gold Standard' and "Lemon Lime'

Hosta ‘Daybreak’ and ‘Candy Hearts’

Hosta 'Daybreak' and 'Candy Hearts'

A quick tour of the front yard today, but I hope you enjoyed it.



  1. Denise Bird
    Posted June 23, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Permalink


  2. Craig & Diana Wiser
    Posted June 23, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Permalink


  3. hilary
    Posted June 30, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    Haven’t seen a post from you in a while and was wondering if you are OK?looking forward to hearing from ya..

  4. Posted July 1, 2012 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    Hi, Hilary. Thanks for asking! I’ve started two posts this week that I haven’t finished. Got back Tuesday from an anniversary trip (35 years!)and it is taking me a few days to recover. Road trips are hard on me. Will be posting soon! ~~Rhonda 🙂

  5. Posted July 2, 2012 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    The garden looks lovely. The dust from the mowing almost looks like a mist or fog. Very atmospheric!

  6. Danielle
    Posted March 12, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Awesome post.

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