Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Changing of the Guard in the Backyard

There's a changing of the guard in the garden, that is, the guardians of nectar. Flowers of July--Culver's Root, beebalm and tall meadowrue--are yielding to some of the flowers of August--rose mallow hibiscus,


cutleaf coneflower,


and Joe-Pye-Weed.


Meanwhile, a young American elm, so appealing in its shape and ambitions, has designs on the sunlight the flowers have had up to now. This is a guardian of a different sort, a guardian of shade, which means there's a decision to be made, sooner or later, between one and the other, by the guardian of balance.


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