Leaving the garden at this time of year is really difficult.
Beauty is everywhere..........but weeds still
grow and flowers require daily attention.
The grass needs only a shower, followed by
warm sunshine, to push skyward, begging
for a weekly haircut.
This week, prior to leaving we're mowing,
trimming and deadheading.
While outside I'm noticing the
stunning white flowers now blooming. The perfume
from this Madonna lily (Lilium candidum), an
Easter pot plant from several years ago
transplanted to the garden, permeates the
air as I climb the front steps.
In the back garden where there is plenty of shade,
the white-flowered hosta is in bloom.
Pretty petunias............white with
yellow centers are my favorite tucked into pot.
The Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)
doesn't bloom in my garden. Although I love
these native flowering trees, prevalent in
my neighborhood and all over town, they are
difficult to manage in a small garden, growing
tall and full and, although evergreen, drop
messy leaf litter year round.
The blooms are magnificent and the perfume heavy
and heady. On Friday, my sweet friend Maryann, brought
me this exquisite bloom from her tree...........
what a lovely gift. Just one of these pure
white flowers perfumed the downstairs
of the cottage the entire weekend.