We are close, very close, to the daylily explosion in the backyard! A few have opened up, so I thought it was time to get out there and take some photos. Rain and humidity have taken a toll these last few days, but I'm SO READY to see my lily friends that I don't care if they look a little rough around the edges. I feel a little rough around the edges myself! By way of a "before" picture, here's my biggest garden - picture taken last week - looking all nice and well-behaved! No real color yet but great mounds of beautiful foliage and lots and lots of daylily buds. And chock full of bunnies I am sure.
Speaking of bunnies, this little guy has been scaring me half to death running across the sidewalk and along the paths in the garden. He waits until I am almost upon him and then jumps out. As much as I love bunnies, I must say that because he is so small, I sometimes think he is a... rodent. I'm getting used to it. He thinks it's hilarious. I walked out to look at the garden a few hours ago and he was munching right by the patio. He doesn't even run away anymore when I go out there. Want a photo? No problem!
Oops, got a little itch...
So what's a bunny-lover to do? OK - so they occasionally eat something they shouldn't... but I can tolerate these little guys much more than the skunk who took up residence on our patio a few weeks ago. We successfully ran the skunk off.
This iris is from a few weeks ago. Just the most luscious, creamy, dreamy-smelling thing you can imagine.
Here's another one - regal and dramatic!
Here are a few daylilies who have made an appearance so far. This is Pistachio Mint.
This is Scarlet Orbit.
I have lost track of the name of this one. Very petite, ruffly.
Some of the perennials are pretty now. Things are mature enough now to make a nice showing. Most of my gardens are in full shade all morning - so I'm happy to have anything blooming! Sunny Coreopsis - see the bunny - that was a great estate sale find.
These pink bell-shaped flowers are very cool - I need to look up the name - it's not bellflower.
Another beauty hiding under a pot of annuals.
This is my favorite time of year. I can hardly wait every morning to go out there and check things out - dead-head the spent blooms - enjoy a cuppa coffee with the lilies - bliss...