A good day for blooms



Word is around here that this is one of the best summers for roses, ever. Even the few I have (Abraham Darby above) are doing pretty well, while a recent check of our local official rose garden (I think it’s just called the rose garden) showed every bush in every row exploding with color. With roses you pretty much have to take close-ups; the bushes aren’t really attractive and the flowers are just blobs from any distance.


In terms of other floriferous activity in my garden, this climbing hydrangea is at its peak, and all the plants surrounding the little pond (below) are doing great, considering they were so recently installed. I rely on these ordinary plants—lamium, lysimachia, and the like—to fill in my many shady areas.

And there’s more … I think I’d rather be sitting outside enjoying it, but it will be fun to check out what other people have posted later.


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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at yahoo.com


  1. Lovely shots, Elizabeth. I think the lamium and golden creeping jenny at the base of the pond look great together, but I’m surprised that one hasn’t killed off the other yet! (And I wonder which one would win?)

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