Monday, July 11, 2016

July Flowers 2016

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"Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul." - Luther Burbank
Good Morning,

We finally got a bit of rain in Southern NH, but we are still running a deficit. The mid-summer daylilys are beginning to blossom and I'm starting to look forward to vacation time.

The sedum in the cactus bed is blossoming.

My American Linden is beginning to blossom. These flowers are fragrant and irrestible to bees. The tree actually hums with activity.
Here is a question for the hive mind. What exactly these growths on the Linden leaves? Are they caused by insects or a virus? The tree seems fine healthy enough.

A close up and personal photo of milkweed blossoms. I love the form of these.

Hemerocallis fulva (Ditch Lily) has colonized a large swath near the road. This is my favorite "weed".

The Lupines have past and beginning to set seed. I'll collect this and toss it into wild areas.

One of the cultivated daylilies that I purchased from NH Daylily here in New Ipswich, NH. 

II was very happy to see that one of my barrel cactus had survived the winter. Most of my winter hardy cacti are of the Opuntia variety, this is the exception.

Years ago my sister had ordered this daylitly which has very showy blossoms. It was planted in the Connecticut and I rescued the plant before my mother sold the house. It remains the most dramatic of any of my daylilies.

Flower buds of the Crocosmia variety 'Lucifer'. I like the geometry of this flower.