Nearing the end of August, I find that, more than ever, my mood shifts from one of "Wow, my garden kicks ass!" to "Wow my garden is a pile of poop."
Because there are always a boat-load of improvements that need to be made and many of them involve moving plants around which I can't really safely do yet, I'm forced to just grin and enjoy the imperfections.
And do the deadheading.
|My wheelbarrow is full, more often than it's empty.|
But even though many plants are finishing up, others are just getting started.
|Kaffir Lily (|
|All my red hollyhocks (Alcea rosea) are finishing up when,|
out pops a dark burgundy-black beauty!
|Garlic Chives (Allium tuberosum) with a Phlox (P. paniculata)|
|A red Hardy Lobelia is beloved by both me and the bee! |
(L. x speciosa 'Tania')
|This pink hardy Lobelia is also a pretty thing.|
|This Lobelia is planted below my towering Seven-Sons Flower which,|
I'm afraid is what the bees prefer.
|The sound of bees buzzing near the Seven Son's Flower (Heptacodium miconioides)|
is deafening. And lovely.
|I cut my Tamarix ramosissima back hard and lookie the blossoms!|
|My Rosa 'Jeanne LaJoie' is blooming again.|
|Salvia 'Amistad' is gaining girth.|
|Red Four O'Clocks, Pink-flowering Sedums and Daboecia cantabrica 'Waley's Red'|
|Fuchsias and Thalictrum 'Hewitt's Double'|
|And the same area from the opposite angle|
The peachy colored blossom is Canna 'Freckles'
|Sedum spectabile 'Autumn Joy' is about to color up.|
|Kind of messy here....|
|One of my new rusty finds this summer... a small vintage cultivator|
and Coreopsis 'Mercury Rising'
|Here is one of the three watermelons on this humble bramble of a bush.|
The record-breaking heat has been good for something.
|The 'Tri-Star' strawberries have really done well this year.|
The secret, we've learned, is to not let the soil dry out.
Don't ask me about our water bill.
How is your gardening mood?