Ironically, as we head towards the hottest part of summer, there was a definite chill in the air at dawn this morning. I hate to the 'f' word, but with the nip in the air, it felt like fall. I am sure when a cloud of humidity descends over the city in the middle of July and settles in for a few weeks stay, this cool early morning will seem like a distant oasis from the relentless heat.
The light was wonderfully golden this morning. As we took our morning stroll, the dogs and I disturbed the big brown mosquitoes from their resting places. I swear these retched vampires are the size of small birds! At least you can see them coming and feel them landing.
In the garden, there is a general changing of the guard. The last of the peonies have finished and the soft pink spirea have faded to a deep tan color. Roses have stepped into fill the void. The hostas have hoisted their mid-summer flags and the deep pink spirea are filling in nicely for their pale pink cousins.
'Graham Thomas' here and in the opening shot.
In the front garden, there is red Monarda with their crazy mop heads.
At the side of the house there are big white daisies...
and little white daisies (Feverfew).
There is also a tiny Moonbeam coreopsis in flower.
Along the front of the picket fence, the 'Fairy' is beginning her magic.
Keeping the 'Fairy' company, are a few roses that look more like apple blossoms than standard roses. This is the Musk rose 'Robin Hood'.
There is also the Polyantha shrub rose called "Marjorie Fair'.
A "clearance" clematis hangs down over the picket fence.
My favourite is still got to be the 'Mary Rose'.
And you can't beat this workhorse. Canadian Explorer series rose 'John Cabot'.
The back garden is quieter. There is too much shade for it ever to be a riot of blooms.
Still, there are more subtle forms of beauty worth taking a moment to appreciate.
The work of the new veggie beds is almost complete. This is a project that
seems to have dragged on forever!
Hopefully soon, there will be more zucchini than I know what to do with. More about that later...
For today, I end on a rosie note.