Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Goat's Beard and Day Lilies Light Up the Woods and Shore

In June and July two humble flowers light up meadows, lawns, woods and shore. Goat's beard, which looks like a long stemmed dandelion, is one of my favorites. I especially love them when they grow by the sea and I love the way the setting sun makes the petals glow. The blossoms seem to float, weightless on a summer's breeze. Then, just when the flowers go to seed, Maine gardens burst into flame with day lilies everywhere. They are a sign of summer's mid point...welcome and beloved, but they arrive with a pang.

Goat's Beard by a Tree Stump

Goat's Beard by a Country Lane

Goat's Beard by Mary's Cottage

Goat's beard growing on the bank by Mary's cottage...it's as if she is still here with each fluttering petal.

Goat's Beard by the Water

...and the view beyond that she loved.

Day Lilies by the Shore

Day lilies cascade down the bank to the bay on our own bit of shore. Every year the wind and tide shift them a little, but they tenaciously cling to the steep clay and ledge with almost impossible growing conditions.

Day Lilies and Driftwood

Day lilies and driftwood on our beach.

Day Lily Glow 01

Day Lily Glow 02

Day lilies in our garden caught in afternoon light. Summer half gone...waiting for summer...


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