Those who have been following this blog for a few years might remember that my largest garden out back peaks during the first week or so of August. Despite the heat and lack of rain, it is right on time, though I’ve noticed that most plants are shorter than they were last year.
Soaker hoses are tucked into the left side where I plant annuals, whose seedlings need nurturing early on, and have used them a couple times in July to supplement the meager rainfall that fell.
Left to right: gold Gloriosa Daisies (Rudbeckia hirta), white Cleome hassleriana, in front of them are low plants of Mealycup Sage (Salvia farinacea), variegated Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus ‘Alaska’), Zinnia elegans ‘Thumbelina’, a row of Russett potatoes nestled next to Pot Marigolds (Calendula officinalis ‘Zeolights’). All the sunflowers behind were self-sown from last year’s plants, so the crosses are interesting to see. There is a row of purple Angelonia angustifolia and some purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) where the path forks.
The perennials on the right side had to fend for themselves, resulting in shorter stems, but thankfully, didn’t seeem to affect the numbers of flowers.
Along the front are three Lamb’s Ears (Stachys byzantina), variegated Iris (I. laevigata), Japanese Blood Grass (Imperata cylindrica) and self-sown Love-in-a-Mist (Nigella damascena). Next tier are yellow daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Hyperion’), more Coneflower, white Achillea ‘The Pearl’ and a daylily that just finished (H. ‘Happy Returns’). The final tier has blue Globe Thistle (Echinops ritro), pink Astilbe taquettii, more white Cleome and red Crocosmia ‘Lucifer.’
Here is a little slideshow of a few blooms:
Hope you enjoyed this little sample of things I’m viewing from my deck right now, along with the bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.