I’m not much of a morning person, but when I looked out the kitchen window this morning, I had no choice but to get out there. We are surrounded by cedar trees that throw long shadows with the sun breaking through to spotlight the Poncirus trifoliata behind the bird bath and the tree peonie ‘Gold Sovereign’ off to the right.
Here’s a closer look at ‘Gold Sovereign’, still sparkling with morning dew.
And the ‘Flying Dragon’, having dropped just enough leaves to begin baring his claws.
Still trying to decide where to place ‘Fat Albert’, knowing he will grow to gigantic proportions eventually.
Hydrangea ‘Limelight’ goes from greenish to pure white before the many shades of dusky rose take over in the final act.
The play of light and shadow does wonders for Stachys ‘Helen Von Stein’.
Rock, dark hemlock mulch and the wiry stems of Ceanothus ‘Blue Jeans’ provide lots of textural framework for another clump of Helen.
Please forgive the preoccupation with Helen, but this was as close as I could come to capturing the sparkle of the dew on her silvery foliage.
Where would we be without serendipity? The maple leaf blew in to turn this simple composition into something special. I hope I can find more of the caramel sedge in the foreground…lots more.
No morning stroll could be complete without a visit to the woodland out back, where everything is left to nature. Uhoh, this early morning stuff threatens to become habit forming. Thanks for coming along.