I had just come up the steps from walking around the garden after deadheading the day lilies. If they are not taken off the plant, the Japanese Beetles are a bit too fond of them. I looked down and saw a turtle. Off I went to get the camera. Here it is under the steps leading up to the upper deck of the house. The turtle wandered off into the yard right after the picture was taken. Probably in the woods this morning.
A few of the day lilies at the corner of the house in different stages of opening. These came from the Southwest Virginia Museum.
The hydrangeas are really full of blue flowers this year.
The butterfly bushes are beginning to bloom. This is one of several along the front wall.