My almost three year old granddaughter (pictured eating strawberries) stayed all night with us last night. When she awoke this morning at 5:55 a.m., she immediately sat up and said, "Gramma, the sun is shining - it's a good day." Out of the mouths of babes!"
Sometimes I forget the beauty of things like "the sun is shining". Gardeners, above many others, have the up front seat to the beauty of nature. Something I shouldn't take for granted and shouldn't be too busy to notice.
And so, what's pretty in your garden this especially beautiful Sunday?
I have an unknown variety of hosta that is just beginning to bloom. The flowers are white and have a very strong jasmine fragrance. It's a hummingbird and butterfly attraction.
The cleomes are spreading and have filled in next to the daylilies that have stopped for this summer. They're so light and airy with pink and white flowers.
Just beginning to bloom is the bright yellow and very tall Rudbeckia called Golden Glow. The leaves are dark green and it will now bloom until about frost.
The Amaryllidaceae (called Naked Lady by locals) are blooming about a month ahead of typical. They bloom a lavender shade of pink (or a pink shade of lavender) and have a heavy fragrance.
Coneflower, black eyed Susan, bee balm, turtle head and some varieties of sedium have all begun heavy bloom time.
And last but not least, the humidity has lowered and I have the doors and windows open. Even though my hotsy totsy weather gauge says it's 112 in the sun, it is a beautiful sunny day.