After weeks of oppressive heat and no rain, we finally had a few storms blow through here earlier this week. Not only did the yard and garden receive a beneficial watering, but the temperatures have dropped to actually pleasant for late August. The windows are flung open and I can’t help but want to play outside.
This evening the dog and I took a walk around the yard to see what was going on. The first thing to catch my eye was a spectacular Chicken of the Woods mushroom. It grows in about the same place every year. It’s supposed to be edible and is highly sought after, but I’m not much for wild fungi.
And here are two photos of my giant sunflowers. One from a week ago. And the other from a few days ago, after the storm knocked them down. Well, all is not wasted. Apparently the critters are already feasting on the seeds. Enough flowers are still standing for the hummingbirds and finches, too.
Our yard is surrounded by fields and woods. There are banks of Joe Pye weed and Jewel-weed. So pretty for summer bouquets.
And here is an old survivor, a thirty year old peach tree which still produces.
As a little sidebar, I am showing you the damage to the cedar benches we refinished a couple of years ago. The wood bees (Carpenter bee), digs a hole into the wood and lays her eggs. This only causes a little round hole but the inside is eaten out like a honeycomb which weakens the wood. The real damage you see are from the pileated woodpeckers who are going after the larvae. Gggggggggggrrrrrr.
Here is a photo of the last lily of the summer. It is a beautiful peach color with a yellow interior. I’m not sure what variety this is but I have painted it several times over the years.
Finally, these large white hostas (Plantaginea Aphrodite) are just coming out. They’re the last of my hostas to bloom in the garden. They have large white bell-shaped flowers and a heavenly perfume. I especially like the whorls of flowers. They’re very hardy and need little care.
So, this is just a walk though my little corner of the world. I hope that you have someplace where you can enjoy a bit of the outdoors, to reflect and just admire.