After an extended winter, and an absent spring, summer finally has arrived in northern Minnesota. To see our lilac bushes still blooming (but fading fast) as the Fourth of July approaches is a reminder that our already-short growing season is likely to be even shorter this summer.
Come join in me in the garden as the month of July unfolds. . .
“There’s naught as nice as th’ smell o’ good clean earth, except th’ smell o’ fresh growin’ things when th’ rain falls on ’em.” ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
The tall purple allium stand at attention for visitors to the bird bath.
The bleeding hearts delicately dance in the wind.
A cushion of dianthus provide a welcoming touch to the fairy door in the garden.
The purple lupine bloom from bottom to top, their spiky plumes a sight just as welcome in the garden as they are along country roads.
Forget-me-nots scatter themselves about the garden . . .
. . . greeting the morning with their cheery sunburst centers.
Other flowers also reseed and redecorate the garden from year to year, adding a pop of color among dark corners where only hostas thrive.
“And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles.” ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
Happy Fourth, Happy Summer!
Ciao! ~ Kat