Saturday, July 3

Forecast: Hazy Sunshine

On summer days when I work later into the evening, it's doubly nice to arrive at home.  Not only do I look forward to dropping the cares of the day at my doorstep while I'm greeted by a joyfully wagging tail, but I get to see the front yard bathed in beautiful backlighting.  Here's what I see from the driver's seat as I open the door:



I sometimes stop and look a while, sometimes marveling at all of the colors and shadows, and sometimes reflecting that I really need to cut back the overzealous bronze fennel that extends into my walkway...



... and embraces the urn where the equally enthusiastic brugmansia is planted:



Looking slightly left, I reflect on the need for some larger-leaf plants, or something else with chunky texture, to finish off this newly replanted corner:



The sea kale, with its large leaves, can certainly hold its own...


... against the 'Red Rocks' penstemon and the trio of 'Acapulco' agastache...


... but maybe I need to nestle a few more large rocks amidst the sea of pebbles and cute little hens & chicks at their feet:






As I turn and l down the sidewalk, I'm almost to the front steps...



But I'm stopped in my tracks by the gorgeous sight of 'Sparkling Burgundy' eucomis:




Pineapple lilies aren't really supposed to be hardy here.  But one of Plant Delights' 2008 catalogs said that they had reports from customers that it was hardy to zone 6, so I decided to gamble.  I'm so glad that I did--I seriously can't get enough of the way this foliage complements the warm tones of the heuchera, and of the bronzey foxglove spires, too, when those are in flower:



Not to mention the way it picks up the bristly forms of the grass behind the heuchera, and the clumps of foxglove foliage on the right side of this photo:



I don't mean to gush, it's just that this is one gorgeous plant!  But enough of my self-distraction--there's no time for that.  One of my longtime favorite garden bloggers, Leslie from Growing a Garden in Davis, is going to stop by my tiny garden for a tour on Tuesday, before she heads up to Buffalo for the garden bloggers' meet-up.  And because of my many works in progress, my garden is NOT ready for its close-up, that's for sure.  (Eek--time to go weed!)

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July, everyone!

7 comments:

Anette the Gardener said...

Hi Kim,

Thanks for sharing the pics from your garden!

With such a garden I can easily understand that you enjoy coming home after a long day.

Happy Fourth of July, Kim!

Best,
Anette

Lisa at Greenbow said...

If I came home to this beautiful exuberant garden I would be happy too. I hope you have a great weekend and a happy 4th of July.

Leslie said...

At each photo I kept thinking "I'm going to get to see this in person!" I'm so excited! And please relax Kim...I've already packed my 'gardener's glasses'!

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Thanks, Anette--and Happy Fourth of July to you, too!

Greenbow Lisa, I hope that you have a wonderful weekend also. :)

Leslie, ah... I hope it's not a letdown! (And you've already packed a spare set of those glasses for your aunt Elaine, right?!?! ;) Have a safe trip--I can't wait to meet you in person!

Denise said...

That's gorgeous light. Love all the different textures and diversity. And big congrats with the eucomis hardiness. What a great plant.

Annie in Austin said...

Bet it looked wonderful to Leslie - and your purple Eucomis really is purple which is what mine was supposed to be. I still like it but the light green color would never suit the Study in Contrast criteria!
Man - your Brugmansia is already huge!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Thanks, Denise! It IS gorgeous light... because of the slight slope of the front yard, and the angle at which I view it, it almost reminds me of that wonderful winter light that slants through plants so awesomely. (Almost.)

Annie in Austin, I just *might* still love a green eucomis! I'm trying to pare down the craziness here lately... not that you can tell that just yet. (Baby steps.) :)

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