Being away from the Fairegarden at the peak time of spring into summer blooming can be vexing.
(Shown above: Chinese Trumpet Lilium ‘Lady Alice’)
It is daylily season which means there are fresh, new flowers each twenty-four hour cycle, as the blooms only last that length of time. A week away in late June will always result in missing the show for another year of certain cultivars.
(Shown above: Elrod Peach, unknown that came with the property)
Extra watering of the large containers and newly planteds is done in preparation for departure, in hopes that there will be rain in our absence instead of the prolonged drought that has become the norm for this time of year.
(Shown above: Hemerocallis ‘Moon Dazzle’ pointing to the recently inground Echinacea ‘Hot Papaya’ in the orange butterfly garden)
In the daydreams about the home garden during traveling, there exists a perfect world of imagined plantings, neatly clipped, artfully arranged, designed for low to no maintenance. There has been more than eleven years of striving towards that goal, surely it has been achieved, right?
Wrong. The return is always shocking, even more so this time. Heavy rains, a blessing, have pounded down tall, blossom laden branches. It is a mass of matted foliage, wet and some tattered from hail and spent lily blooms that need deadheading. Flowers are bravely sticking their heads up above the mess, but the real vision is so very unlike the imagined fantasy of how this garden actually appears.
There is so much that needs doing, it jumps into the field of vision wherever one looks. Where is the pleasing view, the longed for sensations of sight and smell? Sigh.
(Shown above: Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’)