From Solstice to Sultry

I think there’s just something about a cascade of clematis which makes me think summer.  Add in 80+ degree days and you have the perfect combination for sitting on the “We” bench and sipping pink lemonade, watching bees and butterflies do their thing. We have two varieties of clematis (both purple beauties) climbing the wall and then cascading down in our upper garden. They’ve really taken hold this year.

The rose bush we planted two summers ago, is also putting forth it’s little delicate blooms.  These aren’t the bold hybrid roses, everyone expects.  This is one which doesn’t require any extra fuss in the winter, and just does the simple blooms that nature originally intended.  It’s in front of the clematis, so it is a delicate counterpoint.  Here are all the pics, remember to click the thumbnail to get a bigger version:

Purple Path to Wisdom

It turns out that last weekend we had some visitors from Wisdom Ways. It seems we made their labyrinth tour this year. Someone called and asked if we were open, and said they were coming with some other people. Well, a couple hours later, a dozen devoted labyrinth walkers wound their way to the Eye. They were just in time to discover the new purple theme of the blooms.

Purple columbine are starting to bloom, and join the many mounds of violets which border the path in our upper garden. I brought the camera out this morning, so here’s a picture of each, plus the secret and sensual interior of a tulip. [Read more…]

Tulips Galore and More!

Wow, it’s getting tough to keep up with all the blooms bursting everywhere.  Here’s a new set of images of those tulips in full bloom, all along the edge of the labyrinth path.  Plus, we have a few crocus blooms in the shady part . . . and what are those funny maroon-tipped shoots coming up in their midst?  Bleeding hearts coming soon to a labyrinth near you.