My husband and I returned home from a short get-away to beautiful northern Michigan just in time to witness the buds of our Lily of the Nile Agapanthus begin to open. Perfect timing!
Prior to leaving town, we had the entire exterior of the house painted and all the while I was carefully protecting each and every bud that was peeking up out of the ground. When the painters finished, we flew “Up North” to Michigan’s Cherry Capital and enjoyed daytime highs that ranged from 77 to 80 degrees with sunny skies and those gorgeous white fluffy clouds that I miss so much. The forsythias were in peak bloom, the grass was green, the birch and maple trees all had big fat buds, the ornamental trees had flowers and the asparagus was fresh. Once again – perfect timing!
For four glorious days we took long walks along deserted sugar sand beaches – with a lucky Petoskey stone in my pocket – and enjoyed the breeze off the lake. I’d forgotten just how beautiful the turquoise waters of Lake Michigan truly are (sorry, no pics – you’ll just have to take my word for it since I was determined to simply enjoy the view with my eyes). And to top it all off, we were able to spend time with our nephew DJ, home from Purdue and spending the summer in that northern paradise.
And I thought I was the lucky one.
Update: for anyone living in a cold winter (i.e., snowfall) region, here’s an excellent article from the Michigan State University Extension website about a master gardener in western Michigan who’s been successfully growing agapanthus in her backyard. Very cool! Seriously, check it out!