August was a total failure with a lack of communication between the garden and I.
I hung up the phone and refused to answer ... too hot ... too dry ... too MUCH !
Now September is almost over and I am scrambling to make it up to my beloved gardens ...
I have tried to sweet talk it ... throw chocolates (are you kidding ?) can't send it roses, how embarrassing would that be?
Picture how awful I have been to it in this photograph :
Orange Velvet growing like crazy, and me not training it as I should be, horizontally like the rest of my roses ... but last Friday I did try .... VERY hard to catch up ... on one section of the sun strip.
I had some beauties defy me and bloom fantastically ... almost thumbing their noses at me.
I have made a short list and stuck it on the fridge ... well two pages and I know there is more to add.
Special thanks to Dawn at GardensPlus for getting those Scottish Fantasy day lilies to me.
You are a gem !
I learned that you can cut a major flower stalk off a thalictrum and it will put out another and bloom gorgeous stars of flowers all over again !
I learned that I had these pretty purple asters STILL ! after thinking I ripped all of them out (by mistake!!) ... stop the shrieking ! .. oops ... that was me ... ugh !
That my dark (cimicifuga) bugbane twins survived me not getting water to them as often as I should have ... bless their little hearts
That this newly renovated (dug up, cleaned up, replanted in a logical fashion I so hope!) is a GOOD thing ... and will look amazing next garden season ... and yes ... I have so much more to do it makes me shake in my garden shoes thinking about it.
There is a lot you can NOT see under the sea of black mulch !
More BIG sedums to dig up and split ... and the amazing hyssop to do the same thing to, if the bees would just leave it alone for a little while ... they have been so kind and harmed me even in the middle of so much action going on ... bless their tiny hearts too !
My Garden PA has been their life line too ... he has watered when I simply could not ...
He is my go to man when I am kneeling and can't jump up like a spring (again who am I kidding ?) to hand me things that I need ... like the pruners way down the path or that damn trowel I keep hiding on myself.
In between all of this .. I took pictures of the moon ... and our giant spider guarding the deck door.
The best thing that has happened lately has been some rain ... not a lot .. but better than nothing !
Another good thing is supposed to be cooler temperatures, starting tomorrow ...
So I am starting again tomorrow!
I couldn't resist this picture .. Ms. Spider has been an amazing creature to watch.
She had to redo her web(a number of times) after some of us have walked into by mistake ...
Believe me , no one wants to do THAT on purpose !
One last picture of the moon ... Saturday night when it was supposed to "howl"
I hate that you can have only one object in focus for a shot like this but there it is and I do love it!
I do love to blog about how I put my garden to bed though ... so that will be the theme of whatever I can get on "paper" !