A Splash Of Summer Color was a most welcomed sight when I returned home to New Hampshire for a few days. My day lilies were in full bloom and seemed to be welcoming me home like outstretched arms. When you see the beautiful blooms, keep in mind that they have had no care at all. There have been very hot days lately and the only water has been rain provided by nature. Once planted, day lilies seem to take care of themselves.
Each summer while my husband and I spend most our time in Maine, our New Hampshire plants and trees have to take care of themselves. In our absence the lilies have been thriving. Their huge and showy blooms were the first thing we saw when we drove up to our home and they were beautiful with a little morning dew still on their petals.
Day lilies are hardy plants and don’t mind being moved. My twenty year old plants were originally dug from fields at a day lily farm in Massachusetts and planted in a small garden at our former townhouse in New Hampshire. When we moved to our home at the orchard, I dug part of them up to make the move with us. Next spring, I’m going to dig them up, divide and replant them. I’ll take some of the divisions up to Maine and plant them in the gardens there so that we can enjoy their beautiful large blooms during the summer. I think some of my well-travelled lilies will enjoy their new lakeside location.
The New Dawn roses must have bloomed like crazy while we were gone. I love their wonderful fragrance and was pleased that there were still some blossoms to enjoy.
I love the soft look of a fully opened rose. It’s colors begin to fade but the fragrance lingers. They remind me of a romantic old fashioned Valentine’s Day card.
I know that people think that gardens need a lot of tending to have beautiful flowers but that is not always the case. Once plants have been well established, you don’t have to devote all your time taking care of them especially if nature lends a helping hand. Of course, they all appreciate a little tender loving care for time to time but you don’t have to spend hours on them to have some wonderful blossoms around your home.
During our next trip back to New Hampshire, I’ll take you out to the orchard to see how the apples and pears are coming along. It doesn’t seem so long ago that the orchard was in full bloom. If you missed that post, you can see the trees in bloom here.