Boy ... was I excited to see them .. I grabbed three but wished I had grabbed five .. I know, GREEDY !
I think it was a surge due to the lack of plants available this year .. good excuse right ?
On to the moon of late July
I wanted to have the full moon but we have been in the middle of bad weather to the extent Sunday afternoon there were constant tornado warnings.
Kingston was lucky and we were on the fringes of that activity thankfully.
Speaking of shiny objects (albeit in the sky) I managed to have a patch of Casa Blanca not so decimated by the dreaded beetle, in the ally way.
Close ups are almost too bright ? one in the shade
One in the bright light
What ever light ... I am totally hooked on these beauties.
The rest of the garden is surviving the heat and humidity and advancing through the stages of later summer .. meaning I am so excited to see if the Pink Diamond hydrangea standard will draw those Monarchs in like last year .. I did see one in the garden the other day !
This is the view from the deck .. those buds are maturing !
Speaking of buds ..anemone Curtain Call Pink (2 plants in the sun strip section) are looking promising.
Coneflowers, geraniums, grasses, sedums, everything seems to be saying "look at me!"
Native Culvar's Root (Veronicastrum) is very straight and upright in contrast to the low mounding Dogwood shrubs that brighten the shady section by the arbor on the right.
Inaba Shidare Japanese maple looks like it is beginning to transition towards the redder Autumn colour which is so pretty to see .. I am just grateful it is happy in it's position in the garden.
Despite being a shade plant, it has such a glowing presence (it may not display very well in this particular picture, but I swear it is amazing to see this aralia cordata Sun King "pop" in such low light.
I rarely get pictures of the front gardens because when I start working .. I WORK ! and forget about the camera.
Since I have major "moving" of plants to do in the front, I thought I would show my errors of squeezing in too many hydrangea (actually more so of just getting them planted to "fix" the next year ?)
However .. my one happy planting that I created was the regular size Quick Fire with Little Quick Fire at it's feet .. I really like that combo .. but ? I squeezed FIVE Bobo within this bed and YES that is way too many and not planned correctly f or their growth .. but as I said, a major mission is going to happen.
I have a lot of tulips to plant in this bed .. as a mass planting of the same tulip, plus daffodils at the base of this raised bed .. gardeners never think only of static plan .. it is always pushing to the next season constantly.
Dare I say multi level garden chess ?
I had to give a shout out to my very first Japanese maple "Bloodgood" it is going on 20 years old now.
It has withstood all sorts of horrible weather and stuck by me while I experimented with this bed through thick and thin .. you have to love a loyal plant/tree like that right ? or was it luck ? LOL
Not the best of pictures, but I wanted to show Mrs. Harvey clematis will not quit blooming ..
This year she has been at it for weeks and weeks, it has been amazing .. what a gal ! LOL
So this is my first post on the new Blogger format ... they MADE me DO IT !