Another Saturday already?! It has stayed unseasonably cool and drippy here. The garden flowers have shown superior staying power, perhaps because they’re fooled into feeling they’re in a refrigerator. I still have peonies blooming — very unusual for mid-July.
ONE – Below are some bouquets recently gracing our home from an abundance of blooms. It certainly is fun to grow flowers I love!
TWO – In May we expanded a border near The Black Arches, removing another foot or so of grass all along a 30′ edge. This area is mostly shade. I’ve grown foxgloves here each year that I start from seed, but wanted to bulk it up some. After amending the soil with plenty of compost, I added a couple dozen easy-care perennials to the area: Two varieties of Brunnera macrophylla (‘Jack of Diamonds’ and ‘Jack Frost’) and two varieties of Heuchera (‘Wildberry’ and ‘Silver Gumdrop’). We’re enjoying the new plantings which are visible from our deck. The tiny blue flowers on the brunnera have just about faded in time for white and peach foxgloves to bloom.
THREE – I don’t know how this unidentified clematis blooms so well in practically full shade, but I’m thankful it offers a great spot of color along the fence.
FOUR – Naturalized foxgloves, Digitalis purpurea, have seeded themselves excellently this year on the slope along our driveway. I couldn’t have planned or planted them any better if I tried.
FIVE – At the bottom of Coppertop’s hill, the entrance to the veggie garden is abuzz with bees on the two climbing hydrangeas, Hydrangea petiolaris.
SIX – The veggie beds are producing well, despite the weather. This week’s harvests included lettuces, peas, leek and garlic scapes, and strawberries.
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