Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Shifting Moods

Nearing the end of August, I find that, more than ever, my mood shifts from one of "Wow, my garden kicks ass!" to "Wow my garden is a pile of poop." 

Because there are always a boat-load of improvements that need to be made and many of them involve moving plants around which I can't really safely do yet, I'm forced to just grin and enjoy the imperfections. 

And do the deadheading.  

My wheelbarrow is full, more often than it's empty.

But even though many plants are finishing up, others are just getting started. 

Kaffir Lily (Schizostylis Hesperantha coccinea)

All my red hollyhocks (Alcea rosea) are finishing up when,
out pops a dark burgundy-black beauty! 

Garlic Chives (Allium tuberosum) with a Phlox (P. paniculata)

A red Hardy Lobelia is beloved by both me and the bee!
(L. x speciosa 'Tania')
This pink hardy Lobelia is also a pretty thing.

This Lobelia is planted below my towering Seven-Sons Flower which,
I'm afraid is what the bees prefer.

The sound of bees buzzing near the Seven Son's Flower (Heptacodium miconioides)
is deafening. And lovely. 

I cut my Tamarix ramosissima back hard and lookie the blossoms!

My Rosa 'Jeanne LaJoie' is blooming again.

Salvia 'Amistad' is gaining girth.

 And now for some garden shots.

Red Four O'Clocks, Pink-flowering Sedums and Daboecia cantabrica 'Waley's Red'

Fuchsias and Thalictrum 'Hewitt's Double'

And the same area from the opposite angle
The peachy colored blossom is Canna 'Freckles'

Sedum spectabile 'Autumn Joy' is about to color up.

Kind of messy here....

One of my new rusty finds this summer... a small vintage cultivator
and Coreopsis 'Mercury Rising'

Here is one of the three watermelons on this humble bramble of a bush.
The record-breaking heat has been good for something.

The 'Tri-Star' strawberries have really done well this year.
The secret, we've learned, is to not let the soil dry out.
Don't ask me about our water bill.

How is your gardening mood?