Back to Red Oak House garden notes for the summer of 2017 in Bismarck, North Dakota.
This tree peony given to me by my friend Bob Martinson three years ago has become one of my favorites, not only for its yellow beauty but also because it is a symbol of the generosity of a fellow gardener.
My sister and I agreed that now that our gardens are in full bloom, we can't think of many places we'd rather be than in our yards, pulling weeds, deadheading, harvesting vegetables, and just enjoying the fruits of our labors.
The irises are still in full bloom and the peonies have begun.
|Caesar's Brother Iris|
|Berry Fulfilling Iris|
Other perennials have begun to blossom. I missed the first daylily when we were in the Bad Lands, but there are hundreds more to come, so all is well.
|May Night Salvia|
|Harlem Reblooming Poppy|
|Peony. I have fuschia, white and pink in the garden.|
Sunday night we ate the first of Jim's lettuce with the first tomato. Monday, more fresh walleye. Life is good.
Did I mention I love yellow?
|Arizona Sun and Amber Wheels gallardia|
|Here Comes the Sun Iris|
3/4 of an inch of glorious rain in the night. Did I mention that we are richly blessed? We awake to morning coffee and give thanks that the drought is at least partially broken. Time for me to do some weeding.
"Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard." Anne Sexton
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