1 The shade garden next to the tenant house is so full and healthy this summer. Many plants are amazingly tall.
2 These extraordinary highly fragrant oriental/trumpet lilies have never been taller or more abundant!
3 The shade garden on the opposite side of the tenant house is also quite impressive. This hosta is gigantic!
4 This driveway border of feathery blooming astilbe has really filled in.
5 I designed this driveway border with privacy in mind. Now that the trees and shrubs have really matured, they block out the street right on the other side.
6 The bright red in the border are the berries of viburnum opulus, or snowball bush. In the spring, the shrub produces masses of attractive white hydrangea-like blooms.
7 Most of the blue clematis growing on the granite supports of the long pergola have finished blooming and now it's time to enjoy the rose of Sharon.
8 An upright, deciduous shrub, rose of Sharon produces colorful, cup-shaped flowers in summer and fall.
9 Rose of Sharon begins blooming when few other shrubs are in bloom. Flower colors include blue, pink, red, lavender, purple, and white, depending on the variety.
10 Now is the time to also enjoy cotinus, or smoke tree.
11 Cotinus are grown for their large, plume-like panicles, which give a long-lasting, smokey haze to branch tips.
12 You may recall the big lily transplant in the early spring when the bulbs were dug up and planted in the new cutting garden.
13 These Asiatic and Oriental lilies are growing splendidly and there are fragrant arrangements throughout my house.
14 There are more astilbe and lilies in the border next to the cutting garden.
15 With temperatures above 95ºF and with no rain in the forecast, the sprinklers are going around the clock.
16 The pear trees outside my gym building were pruned over the winter and they are loaded with fruit.
17 It looks like we'll have quite a nice pear harvest.
18 It's time for berries at the farm! These are black raspberries, which make excellent jams and jellies.
19 These red raspberries would make an elegant tart. My grandmother always canned jars of red raspberry syrup to add to her hot tea.
20 This is the blueberry pergola, which is covered with bird netting. Birds are especially fond of blueberries and would gladly feast on them all day long.
21 Blueberries are high in fiber and have one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits, vegetables, spices, and seasonings.
22 Blueberries are one of the easiest fruits to freeze. Just pop them in the freezer in a plastic container with a lid or in a plastic bag and you’ll have berries all winter long to enjoy.
23 Now, that's a lot of blueberries!
24 In front of the greenhouse is where the currant bushes are located. Varieties include Pink Champagne, Redstart, Jonkheer Van Tets, Ben Sarek, Blanka, and Ben Lomond.
25 These beauties are Ben Sarek black currants. The fruit is very deep purple, and extremely fragrant and are grown primarily as the basis for syrup, often distilled into a liqueur called cassis.
26 Sanu and Maria have been picking a lot of berries. They picked a good amount of black currants.
27 These are Blanka currants - White currants are a cultivar of the red currant and the fruit is less sour - I think they are a really rare basis for an extra special jelly!
28 These are Pink Champagne currants, whose flavor is more delicate than that of black currants and less tart than red currants.
29 Red currants are rich in vitamin C, fiber, and fruit acid. The jelly made from the juice of the red currant is especially delicious and very clear and red.