Splashes of Color for the Fourth of July

It is 10:28pm as I begin posting this blog.  It is Independence Day and the city of Ocean Shores is celebrating America’s birthday along with the rest of the county.  As I write, there is a constant boom, bang, pop in the air as people light their fireworks on the beach.  So much excitement in the air, literally!  This has been an unusually dry summer for this part of the world, so the city of Ocean Shores, Washington has forbidden fireworks anywhere but on the beach.

Meanwhile, as I walked through the garden today, admiring yesterday’s weeding and maintenance work, I thought about how the garden, too,  seems to be celebrating the 4th of July through bursts of color that rival tonight’s fireworks.  My garden seems to be saying, “Happy Birthday, America!”

Crocosmia "Lucifer"

The hummingbirds go crazy for this: Crocosmia “Lucifer”

Potted plants on the deck

Potted plants on the deck drenched in sunlight

A collection of rocks and shells welcome you as you enter the house.

A collection of rocks and shells welcome you before you enter the house.

Sword ferns love the moist environment of the shade garden

Sword ferns love the moist environment of the shade garden.

Bright as fireworks

Bright as fireworks

This fragrant antique rose that I started from a cutting dipped in rooting hormone is as big as my hand

This fragrant antique rose that I started from a cutting dipped in rooting hormone is as big as my hand!  The color says POW!

Liberty Apples.  We vie for these along with the raccoons.  Who will get to them first this year?

Liberty Apples. We vie for these along with the raccoons. Who will get to them first this year?

My dad's fig tree grows big beautiful leaves in the fruit orchard.  I have yet to taste the figs!  We need more sun here at the coast, but maybe someday, it will yield figs for me.  I already dream of eating them plucked fresh from the tree as well as making a fig and goat cheese pizza...and why not?  I will make an amazing jam of these figs when they finally grow on this tree!  My dad brought a cutting over from Sicily.

My dad’s fig tree grows big beautiful leaves in the fruit orchard. I have yet to taste the figs because they never ripen in our coastal climate. We need more sun here at the coast, but maybe someday, this tree will yield figs for me. I already dream of eating them plucked fresh from the tree as well as making a fig and goat cheese pizza…and why not? I will make an amazing jam of these figs when they finally grow on this tree! My dad brought this tree cutting over from Sicily.

Climbing roses

Climbing roses and butterfly bush intermingle.

Firecracker colors

Firecracker colors!

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Blue blue sky for the 4th of July!

Blue sky as backdrop for the 4th of July!

Garden view from the house

Garden view from the house (with my brother-in-law Jim’s birdhouses…many have resident chickadees busily feeding their chicks!)

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6 Responses to “Splashes of Color for the Fourth of July”

  1. Teresa Sullivan Says:

    Kudos to you for the spectacular garden. Frankly, I don’t know how you did it. Coastal gardens are tough to,pull off – but you did it. Fantastico! And I didn’t know that hummys hung out onthe coast. They do indeed love the Crocosmia – I have a number of patches of it in my yarden.

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    • frangallo Says:

      From one garden lover to another, thank you Teresa! We both put a lot of work into it over the years and this year, the garden seems to have reached a wonderful maturity. I spent a good deal of time weeding and tidying up the garden on Friday, but really, the garden is thriving with our without me. It took years to figure out how to keep the deer out of certain areas and more years to figure out what thrives in this moist, mostly overcast, marine/coast environment. Love, Fran

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  2. Leslie Cannon Says:

    Fran, I am a friend of Cindy Senefeld and I have enjoyed your blog very much. I especially love these photos of your garden. I save some beautiful pictures and use them in emails or a facebook posting. Could I use your top photo of the “firecracker flowers” with attribution to you? This is for private use, not anything commercial. For example, I might use it in a happy birthday message, if allowed.

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  3. Gretchen Says:

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos! It helped me to stop complaining about the heat appreciate all this sunshine we are having. My crocosmia bloomed just in time for the 4th too-spectacular. Gretchen

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    • frangallo Says:

      Hi Gretchen, Perhaps Crocosmia is becoming one of my favorite flowers. The hummingbirds go crazy and fight over the flowers! When cut, the flowers last a long time. They are drought tolerant and need little weeding and just grow like weeds, only more spectacular! Showy and bright. Glad yours bloomed for the 4th, too!-Fran

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