This was the year I was going to enter stems of stargazer lilies into our county fair. I had my eye on the blue ribbon or maybe even Best in Show!
Oh, how I have babied these beauties since spring. They and their strawberry companions have been fertilized, mulched, protected from marauding slugs, and deeply watered. When I’ve been gone for long weekends, friends have been drafted to come tend to their needs.
Several weeks ago I thought we were right on schedule, but then came our spell of extreme heat on top of an already hot, dry summer. I came home from a long weekend in Canada to find my Stargazers erupting into bloom. By the time our fair starts pink petals will be falling and there will not be a bud left. Sigh… What’s a gardener to do?
This one visits her garden in the late afternoon to take photos, and again in the evening to drink in the heady fragrance, and again the next morning to pick stems for home and teashop….and dreams of next summer’s blue ribbon.