Saturday, July 28, 2018

Some Like it Hot

The weather has been perfect for those who love 90+ degree daytime highs. I'm not a fan of extremes but it's July. What can a gardener do? I'm also not a fan of extreme water bills but the garden is happy and when the garden is happy, the gardener is also happy.

That white flowering shrub is my Gardenia 'Frostproof.' It loves the heat.

Purple Agastache also loves the heat.

Ditto for the red flowering Oleander, the fuchsia and the spiky red flowered Persicaria.

Jasmine on the right and Clematis (almost finished) on the left side of the trellis.

On the right are Echinacea tennesseensis 'Rocky Top' blooming away

Allium and 'Shenandoah' Panicum enjoy the heat.

I cut back these Phlox in May so they're much shorter.

Gardenia 'Frostproof' after deadheading the brown ones.

Anemonopsis macrophylla with a bug I didn't notice until now.

Lilium 'Black Beauty'

These Oriental lilies were part of the mixed bag from Costco this spring.

Check out this leaf sport on 'Laura' Phlox.

We'll see if it comes true next year.

Lobelia are just starting to bloom

The Clerodendrum bungei have been blooming for about a week.

My Calycanthus 'Hartlage Wine' is blooming again!

'Ayesha' Hydrangea is getting lots of water and it's paying off.

Among my Clematis cacophony, we have 'Avant Garde'. Such a pretty thing.

I purchased  Nicotiana suaveolens seed from Nancy Ondra last winter. They just started blooming.

Clethra 'Ruby Spice' always makes me think of Donna at Nowlens Bridge Perennials, where I got my plant.

Hydrangea 'Limelight' is still very limey looking with a Gladiolus photobomb.

Bumblebee on the Scabiosa flower.

And on this one too.

I love the foliage on Hibiscus moscheutos 'Kopper King'

This little Dianthus refuses to stop blooming.

The last of the Daylilies


Euphorbia stygiana

Finally, in May I found this little variegated Morning Glory at Garland Nursery.  I hope you all are staying cool and enjoying life in the garden.
Variegated Morning Glory
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  1. Wow! I love it all. Your photos are great of all that beauty that surrounds you. Thanks for sharing. I am always inspired after visiting you.

    Have a lovely Sunday ~ FlowerLady

  2. I dislike the heat very much, it is not my favorite kind of weather, but I really dislike the drought at this time of year. I hate dragging hoses around, and I hate seeing them in every view of the garden. My soil drains really well and no amount of watering makes my plants, even the heat-loving ones, happy. I basically spend the summer biding my time until it's over.

    I'm glad your garden is happy, thanks for sharing your photos of happy plants. I'm interested in how you keep it watered. Do you have soaker hoses laid out? Sprinklers that you move around? Do you water by hand? How often?

    1. I water everything by hand with the Pocket Hose. It is very lightweight and easy to maneuver and doesn't smash plants. Before the Pocket Hose I absolutely hated watering, lugging those heavy hoses around, getting more water on me than on the plants. In fact I almost gave up gardening because of how much I hated that chore. Now I really enjoy it. I water every other day, depending on the weather and the plant. It's my therapy. The Pocket Hoses will last about two years before finally leaking and popping. I buy them when they come on sale and store them for when one of them bursts. To me it's money well-spent. Try buying one first and let me know what you think.

  3. Looking fabulous, Grace! Your watering IS paying off big time. Stay cool.

  4. Hello Gracie girl !
    Yes .. watering SAVES our gardens and believe me here in CANADA (ok, Ontario in particular) we have been going through heat and drought that is making us all crazy. So our sprinklers are set for 3 times a week now. Cha CHING ! OUCH!
    You have allium still blooming ! .. my calycanthus "Aphrodite" hasn't set any blooms yet this year but then again you got an earlier start .. right ? LOL
    Every time I look at Monet Moment lobelia that I have , I think of you because I loved yours so much and had to have one.
    This has been a brutal year yet again ... we are going to be too late to help turn climate change around ... especially with .. your ... trump ! LOL
    Sorry ... I couldn't help myself !

  5. It's always a pleasure to see your beautiful garden, Grace. Thanks for sharing it.

  6. Wow, I throughly enjoyed your post. The fragrance must be heady with the jasmine and gardenias. Happy gardening!

  7. Your garden looks lush and gorgeous, Grace! There's color everywhere. I'm guessing it might be easier to list what's not blooming in your garden right now than what is. Down this way, summer is the time for both the garden and gardener to hunker down and plan for fall, especially as the 110F temperature we experienced here in early July scorched just about everything in sight.

  8. I am always amazed by the variety of your plants, Grace! Agastache refuses to grow in my garden. But, Calycanthus - isn't it a great plant? Mine wants to be a tree, so tall it is!
    All the best to you and your garden!

  9. Gosh, I like your garden, Grace. Someday I would like to see it. We were hot this summer, too, until recently. We're just getting through a week of near-perfect weather, with highs in the 70s and low 80s...but back to the high 80s and 90s by the weekend. I don't mind it. I have to pace myself in the garden, though. ;-) Stay cool.

  10. Your garden looks wonderful, not toasty brown at all. Beautiful lilies, and gardenia, and, well--all of it.

  11. Your garden is so full of color and life! Do you live in a suburb with neighbors to enjoy it too?

  12. Everything looks incredible, as usual! Love that morning glory. Sorry I haven't been around much. :o(


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