Several days ago, I finally got a chance to sit on my back patio, first thing in the morning, with my coffee, and take in the garden ~ starting the day the way I wish I could start every single one.
It shouldn't be that difficult but somehow it just is!
You probably noticed, I didn't just SIT while I was out there (I don't know why that's so impossible??)
I did a little pruning & deadheading too.
Mostly on the 'Lady Emma Hamilton' rose standards.
I do everything I can to keep them looking fabulous.
A few days prior, I had noticed buds on the "Surprise Lilies" (Lycoris squamigera.)
True to their name, they always just seem to pop up out of nowhere & suddenly be there & in bloom ~ just as they were this morning.
One thing I can't seem to catch in bloom, no matter how early I get up:
I think I need to try late evening instead. I find them in bud:
but next thing I know, the bloom is wilting.
It will be my new personal challenge to find a perfectly open flower....
Dahlia 'Big Brother' is spectacular any time of day.
But that brilliant color is the perfect "wake up" for even the most non-morning person.
(Unknown name) Fuchsia standard recently began blooming; the flowers especially charming dangling in the first rays of sun.
Before going in, a quick peek by the front step:
Gladiolus 'Coral Seas'
How happy am I to have planted these??!!
Already I "need" another morning to begin this way.... I better make it happen soon because August is zipping right along and we all know what follows.