The Tuesday View August 22

August 22, 2017

The sunflowers along the back have begun to bloom, Helianthus annuus  ‘Lemon Queen’ and ‘Italian White’ are to the left with a packet of mixed that look like they are all a variety used for the cut flower trade, not what I expected. Beautiful multi-branched ‘Hella Sonnenblume’ are 12-14′ tall and always amaze me. Towards the back, pink self-sown ‘Sensation’ Cosmos, a smattering of yellow Calendula and white Nicotiana alata. Only a few of my sown zinnias survived the slugs, one ‘Cactus’ and a several ‘Mixed Sprite.’

For inquiring minds, below on the left are neat, green rows of Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) and Orca beans (Phaseolus vulgaris). A few tomatoes and potatoes are in there as well. In general, I only feature the flower end of the garden in the Tuesday View.

The above photos contrast today’s view the that of two weeks ago. The orange double Daylilies (Hemerocallis), Globe Thistle (Echinops ritro) and pink Astilbe taquettii have gone by, leaving the pink coneflower, white and pink Phlox paniculata to carry on the show.

At the front, more yellow Calendula and white Nicotiana, yellow Daylily (Hemerocallis) ‘Hyperion,’  Lamb’s Ears (Stachys byzantina), a few Zinnia ‘Double Cherry Profusion,’ Japanese Blood Grass (Imperata cylindrica) surrounded by Love-in-a-Mist (Nigella sativa) seed heads 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.

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46 Responses to The Tuesday View August 22

  1. domnuio says:

    I love your garden in every season 🙂 !!!
    Great shots !

  2. Cathy says:

    My goodness, those sunflowers are tall! I nearly missed them because I wasn’t looking high enough! It’s lovely to watch the seasons change in your slideshow Eliza. And your garden is looking fabulous. 🙂 The vegetable garden looks so neat and tidy too. What do you use your basil for? I don’t know that variety, but I grow sweet basil for making pesto. I really like the splashes of white Nicotiana. Would love to try growing it one year. Is it prone to slug damage?
    Have a great week! 🙂

  3. pbmgarden says:

    Everything looks lovingly tended. Beautiful views.

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  5. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    So colourful, so full of summer. It’s like everything is shouting “look at me!”

  6. Alice Pratt says:

    So beautiful and such a variety.

  7. You showed a photo with snow. Oh my goodness, my blood pressure went up. 🙂 Your gardens, veggies and flowers, look lovely. 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Haha, sorry about your blood pressure, Judy. 😉 They say contrast enhances appreciation. I never complain about a hot summer day when I think of what the weather will be like 6 months from now. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Congrats on your lovely garden!!! 🙂

  9. Beeyootiful, Eliza!

  10. Sally says:

    Hi Eliza. Your gardens are gorgeous. What a beautiful combination of colors! I am going to research some of your flowers that are blooming as my garden is having a lull. There are lots of things getting ready to bloom but, not yet..

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Sally. August can be a tough time in the garden. This one is designed to be vibrant during this time. Self-sowing annuals like nicotiana, calendula, cleome and cosmos help bolster the perennials.

  11. Kris P says:

    I love to watch your garden progress as the spring becomes summer, Eliza. I’ve no doubt that it’s the source of great happiness every time you walk through it.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Kris. It seems I’m always on task in the garden, cutting flowers, weeding, etc. Funnily enough, I most enjoy my gardens from the deck or inside looking out. It is just too hard not to pull weeds or fuss around, making lists in my head when I’m in the midst of it all. My lucky spouse can stroll and enjoy without feeling compelled to pull weeds, however!

  12. Oh so lovely!!! 🙂 ❤

  13. bittster says:

    Looks great! I can’t believe how much it’s come up through the weeks and it keeps going from strength to strength. Funny I’ve never noticed the vegetable garden before, that’s a view in itself 🙂

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  15. Christina says:

    Your. Jew does change rapidly. Mine seems to be the same since the end of June. It’s good to see the veg end of the bed too.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Christina. The plants have formed large clumps, so we they go by, the look does change dramatically. We’re definitely heading towards dormancy in another month or so. Too soon!

  16. Chloris says:

    I love your August view Eliza. Your echinaceas are superb do they seed around?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Chloris. They will self-sow. The birds love the seeds, but they miss so many that I am weeding seedlings all spring. In this garden, I deadhead for that reason. The field plants are let go wild.

  17. neihtn2012 says:

    Your garden is so lovely and ideal.I wish I could have the skills, knowledge, and patience you have in creating and maintaining it.

  18. Your garden is a joy to behold. Wonderful in August. Here August is rather dried out and we hope and have had some rain finally and a bit cooler now! Is Holy Basil different from sweet Basil?

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