The Tuesday View August 8

August 8, 2017

A somewhat grainy view of the garden from the upstairs window shows more of the back of the garden, usually hidden from my usual viewpoint from the deck.

Along the back left, vigorous Morning Glory (Ipomoea ‘Heavenly Blue’vines, which I have finally learned NOT to plant in the too rich soil of the garden. After two years of trying, I realize that it needs a leaner soil to produce less leaves and more blossoms. But green hearts are nice to look at, I suppose.

Behind them are huge sunflowers that promise soon to be amazing. Pink self-sown ‘Sensation’ Cosmos, a smattering of yellow Calendula, a few dots of white Nicotiana, orange double Daylilies (Hemerocallis), flanked by two clumps of pink Phlox.

Nearer the middle, Globe Thistle (Echinops ritro) and pink Astilbe taquettii are passing peak, but still doing their thing.

Along the front from left, another yellow Calendula and Nicotiana across the path from a large yellow Daylily with a delicious fragrance, which may be ‘Hyperion.’ Patches of Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) flowering profusely, attracting bees and butterflies, especially more Monarchs, much to my delight. We’re now onto our third generation of larva on the Milkweed (Asclepias sp.).

The Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ show continues, spurring hummingbird territorial squabbles.

Further along the front, Lamb’s Ears (Stachys byzantina), Japanese Blood Grass (Imperata cylindrica) surrounded by Love-in-a-Mist (Nigella sativa) and a few more dots of white Nicotiana at the end.

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Thanks to Cathy at Words and Herbs for hosting The Tuesday View, a meme showing the view of one or more of our gardens over the course of a growing season. Visit to see links to other garden views from around the world.

About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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34 Responses to The Tuesday View August 8

  1. Val Boyko says:

    I do love the unfolding and the shifting patterns … and getting some ideas for my own garden. Thank you Eliza💛

  2. Very pretty…it has hit its stride!

  3. Alice Pratt says:

    So many beautiful flowers and plants! Congrats on all your Monarch offspring that you are fostering…what a beautiful place to grow up! Hope they take some time from their Milkweed munching to enjoy it! I like your new photo! Intriguing that it has been changed on other blogs and even your oldest blogs 😮 PS…we have 3 Hummingbirds here, sometimes two at a time on the Cuphea! That turquoise pot of flowers has really grown in less than 5 weeks!

  4. Anca Tîrcă says:

    Gorgeous view, so full of colour!

  5. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    I just love looking at all the colours you have and seeing your garden grow. Fabulous!

  6. arlingwoman says:

    I do like seeing the way your garden changes. It’s very beautiful. I can imagine being on your deck with a drink and watching birds, butterflies and other creatures visit.

  7. Cathy says:

    This bed is so full of colour in August Eliza – always something new to please and so many bee and butterfky friendly plants too. Lovely! I can’t imagine what territorial squabbles among hummingbirds look like – would you say their behaviour is more like birds or butterflies? Our swallows are getting ready to fly south… lots of screeching and low-flying in groups. It will seem so quiet once they have left!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Cathy. Hummingbirds squeak, dart and chase each other up to 30 mph (they can reach 60 mph when diving). They are quite extraordinary. They esp. love red/orange tubular flowers. Some people hang sugar water feeders to attract them, but they really fight over them, so I prefer natural flowers, I think it is healthier, too.
      NG has a good documentary. The first few minutes show them in slow motion, but around 3 min. you can hear them squeaking and zooming around sipping nectar. Cool birds! https://youtu.be/97XRrKKhfxE

      • Cathy says:

        Oh thanks Eliza! I’ll watch that this evening! 🙂

      • Eliza Waters says:

        I hope you like it!

      • Cathy says:

        I watched the whole documentary Eliza – fabulous! Especially as the narrator was an old favourite of mine – David Attenborough was THE natural science specialist in my childhood! I could watch these little creatures for hours and do hope I will see one for real one day. 🙂 Thanks for the link!

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Glad you enjoyed it, Cathy. These little guys do put on quite the show. I was watching three chase each other all over the yard today and got a photo of one resting on a crocosmia. I miss them when they head south in Sept. I always wish I could follow!

  8. Christina says:

    I’m so enjoying seeing all the GREEN in your garden, it looks wonderful.

  9. Kathy Sturr says:

    Beautiful! I don’t know about you Eliza, but I am seeing signs of Fall!!!

  10. wspines says:

    The garden is so beautiful

  11. MK says:

    Love your slideshow Eliza. The transformation is astonishing! Especially from the eyes of a Californian, where my yard fails to change much at all.

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