It's been a couple of weeks since I last updated the flower photos from our garden. My husband has been busy finishing a new patio area and repairing the deck (decks don't like New England winters). Lots of lilies are blooming now. I thought the way the sun caught this one was very pretty.
The Clematis vine along the side of the garage is nearly finished but the hydrangeas are getting full now so we have some color.
I thought that the color of hydrangeas is determined by the soil but we have both white and blue growing on the same bushes. The blue is one of my favorites.
The snowball bushes (vibernum) are overloaded with blooms. I cut a few that were falling on the lawn but they don't last very long in a vase. I can see these from the kitchen window.
We have a few coneflowers (echinacea) blooming.
These have a pretty pale purple color and the centers are raised in a dome shape.
Do you remember this photo of the ferns that were starting to come up in early May?
Here they are now - very full and fluffy.
There are more hydrangeas next to the ferns - once again in a mixture of blue and white.
This is the stone wall that my husband finished building today. We needed to raise up the ground level between the two trees where we hang a hammock in the summer.
The wall curves a bit and there is a step up and to the right where we now have a small patio - just big enough for two Adirondack chairs in a shady spot that catches some breezes.
This pink astilbe grows on the side of the house. The flowers are so soft and delicate.
There is clump of another variety of lilies near the garage. These have a more ruffly edge.
This is my favorite photo from yesterday's walk around the yard with my camera. This is a type of dianthus (common names, pink, sweet William or carnation) and I just happened to catch a bee that landed on the flower.
Today would have been my mother's 89th birthday. She was an avid gardener and ran the flower show at the Grange Fair for many years. It's been 17 years since she died but whenever I see a pretty garden or an interesting flower I think of her.
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