July brings the daylilies into bloom – if the deer don’t get them first. I have been almost successful this year, with only one night’s damage. But that it all it takes. We spray with a rotten egg yoke mixture but we must have gotten a nighttime rain that washed it away and the deer nibbled off buds here and there – not a total loss. Consequently I have been able to take photos of my favorites.
I thought they would make a big show of color this year because of all the buds. But because of the pruning by the deer the supporting players are stealing the show.
The coreopsis and black-eyed susan are just starting to bloom so I am hoping I can extend the blooming time on my three different shades of pink coneflowers by deadheading to maintain a pleasing balance of color. I am having to water frequently because we are having a hot, dry summer.
My flower garden is helping me develop patience, I think. I like instant results and it just doesn’t happen when growing plants. It is exciting, and a little frustrating, that I now see that one of my new cone flowers would look better in the middle of the lower level, away from the stone wall – but I can’t move them until Fall and then I have to wait until next year to see if I’m right. I have a new, small hibiscus in the garden that has lots of buds and I sure wish they would hurry. But then I remember that I planted it so it would provide some late summer color. The most frustrating are the poppies I planted that won’t bloom until next summer.
I probably will not become more patient. Instead I can remind myself to enjoy what is while I look forward to changes for next summer. If I didn’t want to improve next summer I think I would miss half the fun.