This is Chicago Apache day lily and even though it is a once a year bloomer (competition grows with all the new rebloomer day lily cultivars now) it is a beauty .. true eye candy.
It is a Christmas "red" in July !
Water droplets seem a little like ice maybe ? .. use your imagination !!
My red Morden rose also has water droplets on from yesterday morning .. but yet another nice red to enhance my Xmasy post : )
Now for the "green" part ... actually green relief is what I call my shade corner. The ferns and the variegated Solomon's Seal , which is doing very well this season from all the rain .. it just breaths freshness and relief doesn't it ?
I love my Japanese Painted ferns .. I don't know why or how they work .. but just staring at them is a stress buster moment in my life .. they are so serene and beautiful looking ;-)
Quick Fire hydrangea has been the most pleasant surprise to me with such early blooms and that fragrance I did NOT expect .. this is the "white" part of the kooky Christmas post .. it is SNOW : )
See that tiny bug with his snow shoes on tracking across the snow drifts ??
Last but not least (sorry about the BRIGHTNESS of this picture .. you have to squint your eyes a little) .. but the "Christmas Rose" part is a must .. even without blooms .. and I had BLOOMS .. the foliage is gorgeous .. plus the fact that I finally added two more cultivars that I am very excited about .. "Royal Heritage" and "Ruse Black" .. I'm already looking forward to next early Spring to see how they do : ) ... it is all about future prospects and waiting for them :-)
PS .. I find it rather funny that I planted my hellebore next to my one Lupin plant in this raised bed .. they share similar leaf structure .. my garden brain works even when I have no idea it is ?