It seems impossible that June is almost over.
Each day hotter than the last. Many afternoons brought threatening dark clouds, distant thunder boomed, a lightning flash zigzagged across the sky, but hardly a raindrop fell on my garden. It has been such a struggle to keep plants from giving up and keeling over, let alone produce blooms that can survive these boiling hot days.
But bloom they do, in all their glory, thanks perhaps to water from the garden hoses. We drag them around, moaning and groaning in the heat while slapping at mosquitoes and other biting intruders...........early morning, afternoon, early evening, no matter the time, it's never cool. Yes, the lush green grass of May has turned to golden hay, but the flowers are opening and stunning us with their beauty...........so our efforts are worthwhile.
Sharing some of the flowers now putting on a show in my garden.....
Those Stargazer lilies again - with their pollen laden anthers!
Unexpected.............the angel trumpets blooming this early. This plant usually doesn't get this tall or bloom until late Summer, even early Fall. This one is already 5 feet high, loaded with buds which are now unfurling. I always cut this plant down to ground level and mulch heavily for winter survival.
The golden coneflower (Big Sky - Harvest Moon Coneflower), a change from the pink echinacea. This one is new this year and is still in it's pot which is tucked into a sturdy concrete urn..........too hot to dig a healthy planting hole, but I will when a cool day arrives!
Roses, lovers of heat..........and their blooms keep coming. Their lower leaves are not so happy, humidity brings black spot causing them to turn yellow and unsightly. Above, new buds linked together by a delicate spider's thread......
....and when they open, the lovely rose, Peace.
I so enjoyed your comments on the Stargazer lilies. They are eye catchers and, with several buds on each stem, you soon have enough to fill a vase. Wish I could send each of you a bouquet from my garden.