Well here it is; the ugly truth about our garden in August. We know it's been too hot for too long. We know the mums, asters and Japanese anemones haven't started blooming yet.
So, what is going on?
Well, like every other August it's kind of a mess. But there are still parts of it I like.
I should plant more phlox as you can see from this picture of one of the back beds. You can see 'David' phlox here. There will be asters and mums later. The crocosmia are finished. Still some echinacea blooming. The blue in the foreground is a volunteer morning glory. The red hibiscus should be blooming soon so that's something to look forward to. We had a pink one but I think it has decided enough was enough.
Another bed; we refer to it as the "smokebush bed". (It must have a name for reference sake.) You can see a spot of bright pink. Another phlox. Should have planted more. Eventually this bed will have pink and white Japanese Anemones but not much happening in August. On the right under the big spruce is an area where we leave a wild life seed block. We let the chickens dig around under there. The blue in the foreground here are some re-blooming larkspurs and the red in the background is some Jupiter's Beard hanging on.
Heading off to the right side of the garden.
Pretty messy. At least we see another.......phlox. This one is 'Nora Leigh' and I love it.
This picture makes 'Nora' look like a mass, a drift, a sweep of phlox. She's not. She's just one plant.
But she's pretty. Love those bi-color leaves.
Alice and friends are hanging in there. Not looking too overgrown.
Are your columbines re-blooming?
Ours never have before but they are this year.
We have a bit of bloomage in the Moongarden. I don't even remember what this flower is but it's pretty.
This one is Persicaria 'Pink Elephant'. I'm liking it.
OK, an area I am enjoying, and have for the past few years, the right side of the garden.
It still looks kind of messy, doesn't it?
But, as one walks a bit further...
One can gaze upon sweetpeas...(splendens mix lathyrus)
various morning glories...
and a new addition to the garden...penstemon 'smallii'.
Lovely. Let's take a closer look.
But still my favorite place for my morning coffee is our back porch.
Hope you're enjoying your favorite places this summer wherever they are...