Early morning is my favorite time to enjoy the garden. The birds provide the soundtrack at this time of day with their earnest songs. Hummingbirds bounce from stem to stem around the Monarda. American Goldfinches complement the purple Verbena bonariensis. For the first time in years early July foliage and flowers are lush.
The couple of hours I invested in cleanup this morning worked wonders to neaten the borders before a good friend from college days came for a rare visit. Between rain showers we managed a quiet stroll in the garden and even a walking meditation in the labyrinth. Early garden solitude followed by sharing the garden with an old friend was a restorative combination.