YEP, IT'S TRUE. WITH CLEAR, blue sky to entice me and my workday behind me, I ventured into the garden and had my raspberry fill. Of course the evening was all the more pleasant thanks to a happy and adamant robin gracing the garden with birdsong.
|'Autumn Gold' produces fruit all summer and well into fall.|
|And 'Autumn Bliss' is an equally prolific producer.|
The weather people have declared this June as the third wettest on record here in western Oregon. While the rain has been good for the garden, I can't help feel pangs of sadness over the horrific fires raging in Colorado. I sure wish I could magically send them our rains.
A few years ago, I dug up a single stem of a Fireweed plant among a modest clump on a roadside. I stuck it in a pot and forgot about it. Last year, I got a single flower panicle which solved the question I had about what mystery plant was growing in that pot. This year, there are two panicles so far and several more to come. I know this is a weed and all but I really love these flowers.
|Bletilla striata or Hardy Orchid|
|A serendipitous combination: 'Belle Etoile' Philadelphis (Mock Orange)|
and Nepeta subsessilis
|Veronica longifolia 'Evelyn' or was it 'Sonja'? leans into the pathway.|
Behind it is Phygelius 'Cherry Ripe.' They seem to be competing with each other
to see who can trip a passerby first.
|My Honeysuckle Lonicera japonica 'Purpurea' is blooming. It smells heavenly.|
|One of my deciduous ferns. Although it's a little late emerging, I love the color of the new foliage.|
|One of the corners where I keep a bunch of plants.|
|Clemmy 'Julia Correvon' in full regalia.|
|The Berberis foliage is a dead match for the splotchy chevron in the Persicaria 'Painter's Palette.'|
|My Darmeria peltata is huge thanks to all the rain. The Callas are starting to bloom.|
And finally, the photo below is a drive-by. I had to capture these Eremurus or Foxtail Lilies growing at one of the entrances to the university campus. The school's colors are orange and black. I don't have any Eremurus in my garden which makes these all the more special.