Cut to the shade and some relief from the sun beating down .. pictures can look a little lack luster because it is shade .. or do I mean washed out ? worn out ???
But .. shade and cool colours for the most part are so refreshing you have to fall in love with them don't you ? ..
Ferns galore and some special plants that are "water" coloured in cool blue.
I have been waiting to see these gorgeous little iris bloom and I almost missed the show because of a very cranky back complaining big time .. but husband was the crutch I needed to manage a few pictures as quickly as I could possibly snap them ! Admiring that soothing blue with mixed greens .. and yes .. I have to mention Pinot Gris heuchera was a little "hotter" in colour but provided a wonderful foil to the blue ... and you could truly imagine this dry stream bed with water trickling through it !
Are these not fabulous iris ? even as buds they are amazing in that depth of blue : )
Speaking of blue .. my goatsbeard is still in "knots" yet .. taking a bit of time to unfurl to that fluffy white .. but what a picture they make with a brilliant red oriental poppy against that smashing blue sky !
This red is so hot it can't really be seen in its true colour in such bright day light .. too hot to handle ? wink wink .. you naughty poppy you !
Now for something completely different in the world of poppies .. this fragile delicate looking one in soft soft yellow .. against the deep spiky green of the oriental poppies ... as opposed to its own foliage of cool blue green ... now how is that for a foil in colour and texture ?
I have been out of action and not able to baby my garden .. I am sure Ms. Flame is feeling neglected as jumping frog is trying to sooth and comfort her .. I so hope to be able to water and reassure her that she is a much loved tree and I am so looking forward to her show of colours in Autumn .. so that means I have to take special care of her now !
Speaking of needy .. this is one of my garden characters who does NOT need much attention and I so appreciate that fact !
You have to love native plants and their ease of care .. Joe Pye is MY guy and he is popping up to say hello ! .. not to self .. must get BIG support structure to help Joe stay nice an upright .. I won't make all the more than obvious jokes .. you can in your mind and we will all say PHEW !!
I love the stained glass in this support .. one of my older ones and most favored : )
It is one fabulous plant .. drought tolerant .. you can keep cutting it back and it will keep coming back for more .. not too many garden plants that can do that for you !
I paired this one with Southern Bush-Honeysuckle which is more bronze than green .. I can't seem to find out what this exact cultivar is because the colours are amazing .. maybe a mutant strain is on the run and no one knows ? .. it just happened to jump in my arms and come home with me ? .. what ever the case it is a LOOKER with the nepeta !
Taking pictures in shade .. well .. you know what I already said .. it doesn't do the plant justice but here we are in any case .. click to enlarge and see the beauty !
OK .. this is ME .. the fallen frog .. trapped on its back because its back has become a pain monster .. just too funny right ? I have developed a great understanding of turtles with this exact same position and problem now .. life just keeps teaching us no matter what postion we take ?