THANK YOU TO ALL of you who didn't call me an idiot for my confession last time. Getting a sunburn, at my age, with my years of experience was really stupid. Which I guess proves that you can be old and still not be very smart.
|The Fuchsia plants are HUGE this year!|
I met with my lady's garden group this last Sunday. One of the topics we discussed dealt with what is and isn't working in your garden this year. For me, on the not working, the answer required no brain exertion whatsoever. Arbutus unedo 'Compacta.' Because it's evergreen, it doesn't shed its leaves in the fall. Instead it constantly sheds its older leaves. Case in point:
|The DEAD leaves from my Arbutus.|
|The LIVING leaves from my Arbutus.|
The solution to this problem is to thin out the older leaves from inside the plant. This weekend I'm going to get 'er done. Or else. And, um, (another confession) this has been my plan every weekend for the past month but things keep getting in the way. It's a good thing I'm no longer a perfectionist.
|Sedum 'Vera Jameson'|
It's Sedum time! I love how each plant comes into its glory at its predetermined time. It's those tiny little biological clocks. How they know when to grow and bloom, fascinates me.
|Sedum 'Vera Jameson'|
|Sedum. This might be 'Mr. Goodbud' but I'm not sure.|
|Here's the entire plant growing next to a dark-leaved dwarf Dahlia.|
|Sedum 'Autumn Joy' not quite to blooming stage yet.|
I thought I'd share a few more little treasures I'm enjoying right now.
|Sarracenia or Pitcher Plant|
|Himalayan Honeysuckle Leycesteria formosa 'Golden Lantern'|
|Garlic chives or Allium tuberosum|
Garlic chives complement just about any neighbor. Here, they're planted next to Phlox paniculata 'Eva Cullum'
|Aster 'Alma Potschke'|
|White Crab Spider on Joe Pye,|
I hate Crab Spiders. This one hides in hopes of sucking the life out of an unsuspecting bumble bee. So wrong.
|Bumble Bee on Joe Pye|
About a week later, (yesterday) I took another photo of the same clump of Joe Pye. No crab spider but a very happy bumble.
The variegated Kiss-Me that I bought about a month ago is still not blooming but the plant is so cool. I love this layered look on the main stem.
|Crimson Fans or Mukdenia rossii|
My Crimson Fans got a little too toasty under the 100 degree heat last week. But it still looks pretty decent, all things considered.
Hopefully you're able to enjoy your garden's final August moments.