Views of the “Hot Border”

Nora is a huge fan of shockingly vibrant colors, while I prefer much of my garden to be a tad more muted — predominantly green with mixes of soft purples, pinks, yellows, and whites with the occasional splash of red or bright yellow.  I want to feel relaxed in my garden, not shouted at…

When I first started planting the circle garden it was more vibrant than not.  The circle garden is the first thing you see as you walk into out backyard from almost any direction.  With its mix of reds, strong yellows and magentas, it focused the eyes like a magnet.  There was no escaping it.  I didn’t care for it at all.  So, like any good gardener, I relocated it and hence was born the “hot border.”  My hot border is probably 80′ long and about 6-7′ deep; it too announces its presence.  But unlike the circle garden, the new hot border is safely placed in a side yard.  It is visible from the road, from the front porch and from the windows in the northeast side of the house.

It is largely a mix of red and yellow daylilies and liliums, orange and red dahlias, rudbeckia, yellow marigolds and orange cosmos and red roses.  Much of the hot border blooms in late summer and early fall.  Only the lilies and day lilies are blooming at the moment, but the colors are indeed vibrant, even in mid July.

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Much Needed Rain

Finally, we’re getting some much needed rain today.  It began in the early morning hours and has continued, often heavily, throughout the day.  We should get 1-2″ out of this series of storms.  We had a brief interlude between showers, so I ran outside and snapped some photos of the flower gardens.  Just in time it turns out; I hear thunder off to the west and see a line of dark clouds heading our way.

Despite the best attempts of the lily beetles, many of the lilies have bloomed beautifully.

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Couldn’t resist the rain drop shot
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The hollyhocks are doing well too, and have bloomed earlier this year than is their norm. The Japanese beetles inevitably get to them and make them look ratty, but I still love hollyhocks; to me they are one of the quintessential cottage garden flowers.

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Purple poppy bent over from the weight of the rain