We went through a reasonably painless transition to a new computer last week. Some new things need a bit of practice or just need to find a slightly different approach to old things. One of the new things I came across was Microsoft's collage maker. I have been having a bit of fun experimenting with a trial version of the software. I have succumbed to a little purchase of the full version.
Here is an image representing late rhodies and azaleas(~July22). These look quite nice when viewed full-screen. New pics don't have the less than aesthetic waterspot!
Our weather has been very summery, but also quite dry. All would benefit from a good rain. Daylily season is upon us, so they are a bit different each day.
There has been a continuous presence of he red lily beetle all season. some lilies have suffered some damage, others are relatively unscathed.
We were surprised to find a group of trumpet lilies in bloom a day or two ago. They are seedlings Bill planted a few years ago, presumably from Pink Perfection. They seem quite uniform from plant to plant, but are a bit darker than the parent lily. Bill added some staking so they wouldn't flop too much.
Lilium canadense is also in bloom right now. We wish they would get a bit more robust within the group. There is another with more stalks, we think is L. superbum which will bloom a week or two later.
The hot sunny weather seems to agree with the bees. They have been quite abundant amongst the coneflowers and lavender.
We were blessed with a lovely addition to our family in late June. Little grandson Nate was born June 25th. Quite a change of lifestyle for the new parents, but all are getting along very well.
The other half of the family has headed west, so had a little farewell visit a week or two ago.