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!”
The hummingbirds go crazy for this: Crocosmia “Lucifer”
Potted plants on the deck drenched in sunlight
A collection of rocks and shells welcome you before you enter the house.
Sword ferns love the moist environment of the shade garden.
Bright as fireworks
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?
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 and butterfly bush intermingle.
Blue sky as backdrop for the 4th of July!
Garden view from the house (with my brother-in-law Jim’s birdhouses…many have resident chickadees busily feeding their chicks!)
Tags: a splash of color in your garden, coastal gardening, Gardening