ISN'T THIS TIME OF YEAR wonderful? The spring bloomers are gone now allowing me to spend time cleaning up and cutting back. I enjoy the instant gratification and sense of possibility that comes with this task. I've been so busy that I haven't taken very many photos lately. Here are a few I took a few weeks ago.
Japanese Blood Grass, (Imperata cylindrica) likes moist soil.
I've been keeping this clump watered and the results are gorgeous.
|Carex 'Something or Other' (my term) looks good next to the Hypericum.|
|This Lavatera looks great for 5 minutes. Unfortunately, the old petals don't fall off|
so by mid-season the plant is a mess. I'm digging it out.
I'll keep this nice photo as a memento of how pretty that five minutes is.
|My Clemmy 'Venosa Violacea' put on a stellar performance in June and July.|
I cut it all down yesterday. If I keep it watered, it will grow and produce a second flush of flowers.
|I'm loving my Acanthus mollis (Bear's Breeches) even if it's too shady for it to bloom.|
|Oxalis crassipes likes to bend towards the sunlight and open its bazillion blossoms.|
|Alstromeria is also on its second flush of blossoms.|
Note the Persicaria amplexicaulis foliage threatening to encroach.
|Sorry for the blurry photo but I must show off my Saponaria 'Max Frei.' |
Morning sun and afternoon shade seem to be the best recipe for these blossoms.
|Recently, I succumbed to my plant-shopping whims and purchased this|
tall, stately (and big blossomed) Scabiosa.
I got it planted this week after taking out one of my bazillon clumps
of Phlox 'David'--a plant that is planning to rule the world.
|I also purchased this sweet, perennial creeping Baby's Breath |
that I believe is Gysophila repens 'Rosea'
|Here is a photo of the the plants when I brought them home three weeks ago. |
They're now twice as wide and blooming away in their new home on the side of a rock-line raised bed.
|Finally, a little evidence of my voyeurism with nature. I caught these two lovers|
who couldn't seem to wait for a room. My photo is blurry but maybe it was intentional
since it protects their identity. We wouldn't want to embarrass them.