Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Morning Garden

I slipped out quietly this morning, my bathrobe and pajamas announcing the hour, to photograph my garden. This is not a garden I see often and we met cautiously, like strangers. My mental clock ticked steadily as I watched the flowers, slump shouldered and sleepy, slowly open to greet another too-hot day. I lingered by the kalimeris, rolling their name across my tongue like a gumball and eyed the hammock hungrily. I imagined collapsing onto the cushioned surface and sliding back into sleep, lulled by birdsong to an easy slumber. I chugged my coffee and turned back towards the house, pajamas and garden clogs traded for heels and a skirt.

 Pale blue kalimeris and yellow columbine 

 Spigellia marilandica, a southeastern native

My neighbors sprinkler system keeps my spigellia well watered. Thanks!!

 This is small red daylily blooms profusely through out the summer. I can't remember its name.

 This yellow bloom is enormous! I planted it last fall and hadn't seen it's flowers yet. I bought it on faith after seeing the pictures on the huge plant tag. I'm glad I did!

 Annual purple gomphrena is a mainstay in my summer garden.

15 comments:

  1. LOL, how many mornings do I look longingly at my garden but have to 'trade in the garden clogs for heels'! You said it perfectly!

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  2. Morning is the only time I can get out and garden now. It is so stinking hot the rest of the day. Nice that you get some free watering from your neighbors!

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  3. You are teasing me with that spigelia marilandica. How I want to grow them! I tried and failed several times, but your photos make me want to try again. I love the little trailing snapdragon!

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  4. I LOVE my morning walks through my gardens also! Thanks for sharing yours :)

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  5. ...one more thing! I love that little blue bird house at the top of your blog--Is it made out of a can? Did you make it?

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  6. Loving the photos all over your blog. So many fun flowers I have never seen before.

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  7. How lovely. I get a quick look as I leave for work of my garden and wish I had more time in the mornings. Love your birdhouse. Have a great weekend.

    Sandy

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  8. I too, love your bluebird house. I also like that trailing perennial snapdragon and the last daylily looks like one of my favorites (and I don't know the name either!).

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  9. What a perfect post! Morning is a wonderful time to visit the garden in the summertime. Thanks for the reminder!

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  10. You have a great blog here! I love your dog run set up! How cool! That trailing snapdragon is interesting, I have never seen it before, gonna have to look up and see if it is hardy to zone 4. Enjoyed my visit as usual.

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  11. Mornings in the garden are great!
    here the sun rises around 4, all the birds start chirping and the scent from the flowers outside comes in, it is amazing.
    Lovely gomphrena with a beautiful color, I am growing it too.

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  12. Are you out for summer yet? I see many beautiful moments spent in your garden very soon! I'm trying gomphrena for the first time this year but so far it's slow growing...so dry here.

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  13. Nothing like walking in the garden in the early morning, though I recently took a short stroll around 10 PM, and that was pretty cool, too! We finally had some refreshing rain today!

    Your post reminds me what a great plant gomphrena is. I planted it once and loved it; can't think why I haven't planted it since. And thanks for the ID of spigellia. I recently saw it while on a garden tour, and no one could think of its name. It is a beauty.

    Sorry I have been overly occupied with other things and have missed your most recent posts, but I was happy to catch up. I loved the full monty!

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  14. Good morning TC, I loved your walk through your wonderful garden-especially since it's so early still here. That hammock sounds inviting. How lucky are you to have your neighbors sprinkler water some of your flowers? It's been so dry that would be a bonus. You have a great day!

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