Sunday Shots

“Gardening requires lots of water, most of it in the form of perspiration.” -Lou Erickson

We’re almost half way through the gardening season in North Country (already).  July is the month when I begin to feel a bit tired, and often a bit frustrated.  The freshness of June has passed, the days grow hot, the rain more sparse, and the pests more numerous.  This season has had mixed temperatures and very little rain, which translates into a lot more hand-holding for many of the plants.  So it is especially important for me in July to take time to walk around the gardens and just enjoy the beauty.  Below are some photos from yesterday’s walk.

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Taken from the top of our driveway, this is a photo of the circle garden with the patio behind and the vegetable garden and sheep barn in the distance.
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One of my earlier clematis additions, and unfortunately I no longer recall its name
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Clematis ‘Niobe’
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Echinacea ‘Pink Double Delight’
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Honeysuckle – a favorite of the hummingbirds
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‘Windermere’ – a David Austin, English rose with a double, full bloom
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‘Graham Thomas’ – I love yellow roses and it’s very difficult to find one that can survive our long, cold winters.  So far this one has made it through 2 winters.  This is an English shrub rose bred by David Austin.
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Shasta daisy with visitor
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Poppies waving in the breeze; poppies are so ethereal and fragile looking to me and yet one of the most hardy and prolific self-seeders around
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‘Alnwick’ – another rose from the David Austin English Rose Collection; I love the delicate pink shades of this remarkably full blossom
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