Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Agonizing August ?

What I am about to type may not be all that popular .. I can't wait for AUTUMN !
As winter follows Autumn .. how can I possibly wish this ahead of schedule ?
I don't wish for winter right away .. I only wish for Autumn, sooner than later.
The funny thing is the gardens are not suffering as much this year at this time, as they were last year.
Things don't look all that bad .. but I am so running out of "juice"

However .. one of my experiments of transplanting what few Lamb's Ears I had left after this winter's destructive bout targeted upon them (plus the weird fact that no garden center supplier had them this year .. which made me very suspicious of complete crop failure because these plants are a staple)
Well they "took" and multiplied ! .. and I am very grateful because I love these silly fuzzy plants sweeping the walkway with their ears.
They mix and match with other plants so well because they are so neutral yet interesting.
Sneaking in a shot of bugbane and a pretty pink yarrow with some thalictrum foliage peeking through.
Gratuitous shot of echinacea (could be Pow Wow Wild Berry) and sumptuous hosta, who's name I wrote on a piece of paper (cheat list) that I can't find yet again .. plus peony foliage photo bombing?
Some  of my photos are missing my water mark because of temporary insanity while deck and lattice work were being redone (scraped and repainted) .. that is a legit excuse right ?
Shade garden side not doing so badly so far ?
A beauty in the shade .. and I do mean shade, is this double roselily Corolla , even with unrelenting attacks by that blanking lily beetle, it glows with dignity and serenity .. sigh of relief !
One of my favorite later astilbe is Delft Lace .. the striking red stems are eye catching even when the flowers fade .. you could time a whole season with astilbe blooming after each other.
One year I am going to do exactly that !
I love the look of some astilbe even after they have done their job flowering .. the contrast of flower head against the gorgeous lilies brings out the best of both.
Gratuitous Joe Pye weed sneaking into the picture .. another photo bombing plant ?
So .. Fall ? .. ok .. lets say late summer .. though it isn't really ... yet ..
The grasses are beginning their "turn" with those naughty out of control anemone, which I ban to the ally way garden to keep the thugs under control.
These plants have the dual purpose of "hiding" ugly utility gizmos, we all need that right ?
I love the green "seed pearls" for flowers of this grass .. when it waves in the breeze it is beautiful.
Backdrop is a huge hydrangea that hides the AC unit .. it is flowering nicely too.
Gooseneck loosetrife .. some gardeners have a fit over this "thug" but again, I confine it to the ally way garden where it can run amok and I can crack the whip when need be .. but a sure sign of later summer indeed.
More Autumn colour to come
The promise of Toadlily
Gasp ! 9 foot tall thalictrum never fails to have me in awe .. thank goodness for the support of my Royal Purple Smokebush tree .. I can't wait for the clouds of tiny, perfect flowers to pop !
One last picture of Mrs. Harvey .. that is a knock your socks off, summery blue I love.
Have I totally confused you as to whether I want Autumn NOW or holding on to the last bits of summer ?


CiNdEe said...

Everything looks beautiful. The anemones are blooming here too. Always a sign of fall.
I am ready for cooler days. I am sick of the 100+ temps.

Buttons alias Grace said...

Beautiful. The lack of rain must make for lots of watering. The humidity sure does make activities more difficult. I do hope it rains for days. We truly need it. Love your photos. Beautiful and so inviting. Take care. Hugs B

Alistair said...

Can't wait for Autumn, I think not Joy. As for Winter, well I like it, knowing Spring isn't so far off. Anyway your garden is looking wonderful, and the 9 foot tall thalictrum made me smile.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

When we are in that heat of summer with no rain I too long for autumn. A time when I don't have to worry about the garden. Your garden looks so healthy. You are the second gardener that is highlighting their TALL thalictrum. That is one amazing plant and I don't remember seeing it before this year. I have never seen it for sale around here. Maybe it is a more Northern plant.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Hello Cindee and thank you .. I don't know how you make it through those extreme temps.
I hope it cools down soon for you !.. I lost one of my smaller anemones , so the big one in the ally way is my one and only to watch .. pretty , but a monster !

HI Grace girl and thank you ;-) I wonder if you got the rain we got yesterday .. almost half an inch in less than 20 minutes .. hope it helps with the farm. I know you and hubby work so darn hard .. it must be overwhelming by now .. do take care of yourself !

Hello there Alistair .. maybe if you had our Autumns you wouldn't mind so much ? LOL
Yes my thalictrum is a GIANT and it makes me grin too ! ;-)

Thank you Lisa girl .. the sprinklers have been doing their job ! LOL
I have had thalictrum almost every year in my garden .. but I found the perfect spot just about 8 years ago, so they have been happy and growing like giants ever since ... it is always about the perfect spot right ? haha

Jason said...

Yes, 'Mrs. Harvey' is a winner. I have never heard of roselily, is it fragrant? Your garden looks great. I don't want summer to end, but that may be because the weather hasn't been too hot. Though we could really use some rain.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Hi Jason and thank you ;-)
YES ! she is a winner for sure ! . roselily is a type of lily that mimics the structure of a rose and it does have a nice subdued fragrance .. it glows in the shade section of my garden.
We could use more rain here but thankfully we have a sprinkler system to help me out a lot, phew ! .. I am all for Autumn as soon as possible .. sorry ! LOL