I did a walk around the gardens and snapped a few photos.
My french lilac topiary tree continued blooming and since it was the best I've ever seen it I just couldn't resist taking lots of pictures.
The fragrance has been amazing. Butterflies have been visiting it and I'm very thankful to have enjoyed it's beauty this year!
On the side of our driveway where I planted things to create an alcove of privacy these Donald Wyman Lilacs have done their job. They're a very late bloomer and have a nice fragrance but only if you come up to them closely to smell.
These Summer Wine Ninebark shrubs are coming up very poorly this year. We had a somewhat dry spring early on but these have been here for 3 years and they're supposed to be somewhat drought tolerant.
The island out front. These are some spirea (Lemon Princess or Gold Mound) are a great filler next to the Limelight Hydrangea. I cut that down severely last fall and crossed my fingers that it would come back okay. So far it has leafed out nicely so I'm hoping for the best!
The peonies are ripe!
These hardy geraniums (Max Frei-Cranesbill) are the best- so reliable and not fussy.
There are daisies coming and the purple salvia has started to bloom.
The Zagreb Coreopsis are getting larger every year which I love. I think it will be a few weeks before they're in full bloom.
This hosta is called Orange Marmalade. It's been a slow grower but always looks nice.
The columbine are blooming.
Butterfly weed will be blooming and the Stella D'Oro Lilies that outline part of the island are coming along nicely. The blue oat grass is always reliable.
The giant blue delphinium is coming along nicely but a ways off before blooms.
This weigela was getting very unattractive with it's shape so last summer I really shaped it up after it was done blooming. It's not loaded with blooms this year but it's shape is far more attractive.
The iris have been blooming very nicely too.
Nearby my frog planter is filling out nicely. This guy makes me smile!!
Out back I re-arranged this area a bit. The old wagon got moved to the right side and the garden bench that we finally had re-finished is now sitting by the maple tree.
We had it sand blasted, welded back together and powder coated so the finish should stay good for a long time now. This is a cameo back garden bench circa 1910-1920.
The impatiens are just starting to grow and so is the ivy. Should be looking good before long.
I'll give your eyes a rest and end this here though I have more pictures to come!