Southern Borders at the beginning of June, at dusk

We redesigned the borders in the foreground last autumn, replacing some of the roses with perennials. The cypresses also had to be replaced (by the more compact 'Totem' variety) after storms and frosts had damaged the previous, much taller trees. The urns are empty at the moment since all our azaleas were killed by severe frosts last winter. The Cornus 'Norman Hadden' in the upper left corner (with the Hosta 'Dreamweaver' underneath) is just starting to flower. The rambler on the railing is John Scarman's 'Breewood Belle', the rose on the left Austin's 'Shakespeare 2000'.

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Taken on June 7, 2012