The longest days of the year are here! Hip, hip, hooray! As I've blogged before, sunlight is a beloved thing in MN since we have such a shortage of it during the long, cold winters. We've had a particularly rainy spring and summer, with rain for 13 of 14 days recently (I might as well move to Seattle at that rate, since I love that city even more than Minneapolis!) Today, however, was a gorgeous day.
Looking toward the street from our front door is where I put the newly acquired garage sale plant stand and I couldn't be happier every time I open the door. Ironically enough, the day after I found this one I was at my aunt and uncle's and saw that they have the same one on their deck! Guess good taste runs in the family, ha! I planted marigolds this year because I was in the mood for something traditional, but paired them with portulacas; I love the tissue paper-like flowers of this plant and the texture of the spiny greenery.
Here are a couple of other photos from our front flower beds. I am still crazy in love with the color of these deep wine asiatic lilies, and the bees are crazy in love with our bright gaillardia! I guess this summer love affair with gardening explains why the arts and crafts room is piled high with incomplete projects and why my postings have been so few and far between! For the love of the great outdoors... Enjoy your week, my friends. ~J.