THIS IS WHAT A GARDEN IS SUPPOSED TO LOOK LIKE in high summer: floriferous. That is, blooming abundantly like the one in this post, which belongs to friends and neighbors of mine here in Springs, out on the East End of Long Island, N.Y.
Their property had a head start. The previous longtime owners were a family in the tree business, so the whole couple of acres is something of an arboretum, with many different specimen trees.
The perennials are doing just what perennials are supposed to do when they’re supposed to do it — unlike my own, which are quite disappointing at the moment, thanks to you-know-who and his ilk.
I’m not showing you recent pictures of my own garden, because I haven’t particularly felt like taking any lately. It’s not terrible. The deer haven’t killed anything; they don’t devour foliage, for the most part — mainly flowers, and usually before they’ve even had a chance to emerge. Perhaps that’s where the expression “nipped in the bud” came from?
This is what makes makes my friends’ beautiful garden possible:
A serious deer fence. I’m gonna have to do it, if I want a colorful garden and not an all-green one.