father’s day in the garden

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We’ve settled into our new summer routine, and so far it’s going pretty well. This past week was so very hot – high nineties every day, and very, very humid. We had our first show at the Muny on Tuesday night, and so I let the girls sleep in on Wednesday as late as possible. It was ninety before nine o’clock anyway, so we weren’t too sad to miss our garden walk this week.

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M wanted to head over to the garden this morning before church, so we woke the girls up and headed out. It was warm, but nicer than it’s been for awhile, with a great breeze. We walked around for about an hour, which is just the right amount of time for a visit.

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Everything has changed so much. There are still interesting allium varieties everywhere, but the lilies have exploded into seas of color throughout. I’m not a huge lily fan, but I always question that statement around this time of year. The varieties and colors are stunning, and in the early hours the light hits them just right, and the whole place just glows. Even the orange ones in our backyard are amazing.

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We walked through so much green and white and light – it’s like the rest of the garden knew it was the lilies’ turn and let them be the show.

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There were a few hints at heat loving tropical plants – the kind of flowers that get me excited for far flung beach days to come.

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And then the landscape turns yellow and orange and salmon and russet and golden. Lilies taller than the tallest dad in the garden (ours), held up with bamboo and twine.

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They are renovating our retirement home in the center of the garden – did I mention that M and I will live there one day? I’m sure they won’t mind. The copper was shiny and bright.

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There’s a spot where you stop and look across the lilies and the sun hits the white stone beyond, and it’s so pretty and peaceful and you are a million miles away from all the errands and tasks you need to get to later today. After the swimming and the custard and the presents and the sunny summer day together.

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Happy Father’s Day to you all, I hope it was a good one. We got so lucky in our family with such great ones.

2 Responses to father’s day in the garden

  1. great shots all. question: the plant that sort of looks like bugbane? do you know its name? our daughter has a lovely corner in her garden filled with these and I am at a loss to name them.

  2. The plants along the winding path? I’m not sure, but I can check time. They were incredible.

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