One of my favorite times to work in the yard is in the morning. By noon there is too much sun, heat, and humidity.
In the morning there is still a lot of dew on everything and the sun is fairly weak. The heat is just beginning to build and the cool air is refreshing. There is a unique quality to the morning light as the sun rises above the mountain ridge. I love to wait for that moment when the sun is high enough to penetrate through the woods to the gardens. The hydrangea leaves, as seen in the photo, are especially striking.
I like to walk around the yard in the early morning to inspect the tomatoes for ripeness, examine the zinnia seedlings, and maybe plant some new seeds. I have different gardens to look at as I make my “rounds.” How are the okra plants doing today? They are higher and enjoying the July heat. I notice a new hibiscus plant has two blooms that are pink and white. They are amazing. New lettuce seeds have just germinated and are emerging. The squash leaves are getting bigger with each day. Panicle hydrangeas are now forming blooms. Casa Blanca daylilies have just opened and they are large and glorious. Weeds are popping up in the vegetable gardens. There is much to look at every morning!