It’s been good weather this summer for the garden. It’s deserved after such a horrible winter. We have had a lot of rain, but it has come in chunks and not periods of days where it rains and is gloomy. I have had to hand water the garden once or twice this whole summer, other than the potted plants, which obviously dry out faster.
Here is one of the potted plants. This is the firecracker:
It’s a cute plant, for sure! I think some people call it a cigar plant, but I hate smoking, so firecracker it is!
A new flower has opened up this week:
My globe thistle! These did not bloom last year and I had only seedlings, which I let grow and now I have blooms again. This has always been a tricky plant for me and I don’t know why. I have a few seedlings that I will try to take to the new house and see what happens with them.
Kitty is getting a bit faded now.
My butterfly weed is doing pretty well:
I planted some annual salvia to the right of this to make up for the hot papaya coneflower which is still weirdly small.
Something I find interesting this year is that normally I get a bajillion aphids on the butterfly weed and not a one so far. Seems that the red lily beetles are the pest du jour instead.
Speaking of lilies!
I will never get tired of these!!
As we get into August, the fall blooming flowers are starting to set themselves up. Here is my autumn joy sedum:
That’s going to be pretty showy this year. See the campanla in the foreground? Still blooming! It got knocked over with heavy rain earlier this summer and I have just been trimming it down as the blooms die in the hopes that it will become upright again, and it might actually be working.
The sundrops are throwing out a couple blooms, too. That’s a surprise.
Remember that huge butterfly bush bloom from last week? Still going!
Here is some white alyssum with the coleus up close from the shade garden tippy pots:
I am picturing that cranberry color in our dining room.
I was trying to do some August goals for today’s post, but my brain is pretty fried from this week. I have some in mind, but I need to sit down and think about them. Not sure how much biking will be done this weekend as the weather is iffy. John will be away tomorrow and that means he cannot put the kibosh on me buying stuff LOL! Maybe I will find a trunk or another piece of furniture to do