July has been a beautiful month in the Berkshires. It usually gets cool at night so often the mornings are misty and very lovely. We’ve had lots of cool rains, downpours sometimes – here and gone very fast — so everything is lush green.
Vibrant red daylilies are my delight and July brings them out in full force. Last year the deer culled some budded stems, but this year the daylilies have outdone themselves. You can almost set your watch for a couple of varieties to open on July 1 and others last into early August.
A shady willow tunnel is slowly evolving on a metal pergola. Bought at the Chelsea Flower Show eons ago, the pergola defeated the efforts of the garden workers to put it in straight & perpendicular. Over several years, it became worse. Thinking of what I might do without any cost, I decided on turning it into a willow tunnel using the pruning cuts from a robust willow in front of the house.
I ‘planted’ the longest willow branches that I could prune out. merely sticking the cut end into the prepared ground. By the following spring, they, and the white alliums that fill the narrow beds, had sprouted. The the slow process of weaving the strands thought the structure is a meditative task on a pretty morning. Often, hyacinth bean vine and morning glory vine grow on the structure. These two garden beds are mostly ground covers, persistent weeds, shrubs and a pair of magnificent fastigiate copper beech trees. These trees perfectly suit the scale of The Barns.