I'm writing this on the evening of the hottest day of the year. At 8 o'clock PM, the thermometer outside my window still reads 90 degrees F but that's ten degrees cooler than it was at 4 o'clock so I guess I shouldn't complain.
High temperatures are the one part of summer that I really do not like. Not only does it make me and my kitties uncomfortable, it can kill a precious plant in a few hours. But thanks to my diligence, I believe all of my plants were adequately hydrated throughout the day. I'm ready for tomorrow's cool-down.
Here are the latest goings on in my garden.
|I'm very pleased with this new Dahlia called 'Junkyard Dog' |
from Swan Island Dahlias. It's almost 4 feet tall.
|Years ago I grew Crepis rubrum from seed and thought I'd give it a go again this year.|
I love the pink, dandelion-esque blossoms.
|Last year I purchased the miniature climbing rose 'Jeanne LaJoie.' |
Here she is putting out her second round of blossoms. I took several photos.
|I wish I could adjust my camera so it would do a better job on capturing the color|
of this rose. It's a much softer, prettier pink than is depicted here.
|This composition combines the variegated foliage of Weigela florida 'My Monet'|
with the perky pink flowers of Potentilla fruticosa 'Pink Beauty.'
|Despite several hours of unrelenting sunshine my|
Himalayan Honeysuckle (Leycesteria formosa 'Golden Lantern') looks stunning.
|Sorry. This is a little blurry and hard on the eyes but I love it.|
|Here it is behind Joe Pye on the right and Eva Cullum Phlox on the left.|
|Coreopsis 'Mercury Rising' is such a stellar plant.|
|Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain' and white-flowered Garlic chives give the bees something to buzz about.|
|Another Coreopsis 'Mercury Rising'. I bought two more this spring because|
I was so happy with the first one surviving last winter.
|Here is Rudbeckia 'Cherry Brandy.' I love it.|
|I realize this photo is blurry but I am terrible at bird photography.|
Do you see her perched on the top of the spiral pole?
Well, she and her hubby are raising a family...
|In the Jasmine and Clematis at the top of this arbor.|
|Yesterday, I watched them deliver takeout to their young while I deadheaded|
the carpet of Lemon Thyme in my new lawn-replacement terrace.
The thyme is filling in faster than all of the sedums and I'm happy with it.
|In the acquisitions department, on Saturday, my son brought me home |
another vintage watering trough--$10. I'm sure you could hear me squeal a mile away.
|The first trough is now doing duty as a container for a 'Sun Sugar' cherry tomato and|
a Pineapple Tomatillo ground cherry. The new one is even bigger. I know. My son rocks.
Before I sign off, I need to apologize for not visiting everyone's blog.
I promise to get caught up soon. I'm really missing you all.