In just one week, with rain almost every day, I can't believe what one day of sunshine did for the flowers in my yard. The foliage is the most vibrant green you have ever seen and the flowers have just popped out. One of my favorites for its foliage is a wild rose- the leaves are very textured and the new buds are beautiful. Peonies and roses - which shall I cut first! A new variety of knockout rose in orange and yellow stripes seems to love it's space in our front garden. Every day, something new blooms. On summer evenings when I get home, I love to open all the screen doors to the terraces and porches, put on classical music, pour a glass of wine and explore the yard - cut some herbs, check on the flowers, turn on the grill - I love summers in Lake Bluff.