This has been a most pleasant summer. It's been mostly mid-80s during the day and the humidity hasn't been too bad. I think it's only fair after the horrendous winter we had that we should be treated to such a nice couple of months. In the gardens, we're still a wee bit behind past years but in the last couple of weeks, plants have been steadily blooming so there's now a lot of color when I look outside. I haven't even watered (besides the pots) yet this season.
The back yard
It's so nice to look out the kitchen window and see different flowers in bloom. The phlox I planted last year has added a really nice compliment to the echinacea. I still have some holes to fill in but overall am pretty pleased with how it looks right now.
|Monarda, Echinacea purpurea, Coreopsis 'Moonbeam', Stokesia 'Klaus Jelitto', Phlox|
paniculata 'Blue Paradise'
|Echinacea purpurea, Coreopsis 'Moonbeam', Monarda|
|Stokesia 'Klaus Jelitto', Echinacea 'White Swan', Phlox paniculata 'Blue Paradise'|
|From the patio looking back|
|From the back looking to the patio|
This is the first summer I've had the full allee completed and I think it looks great. I need to refine the edges and still need to sort out what type of pathway I'm going to put in (besides grass) but it's alive with color. I mulched it for the first time and it's helping a lot with moisture retention and weed control. There are definitely some holes here and there that I didn't anticipate, mostly from plants that didn't come back after the winter.
|Echinacea purpurea, Phlox 'Blue Paradise', Stargazer Lily, Nepeta 'Souvenir d'Andre|
Chaudron', Coreopsis 'Moonbeam'
|Agastache 'Golden Jubilee', Coreopsis, Phlox, Nepeta|
|Stargazer lily. These bulbs did almost nothing last year but this year has been|
|Monarda 'Jacob Cline' has been blooming since last Bloom Day|
|Eupatorium maculatum 'Phantom' (Dwarf Joe-Pye Weed)|
|Coreopsis 'Mercury Rising'. I raved about this last year but only one of my two plants|
returned this year and it doesn't look so hot.
|Nepeta, Geranium 'Rozanne', Heuchera|
|Looking back to front|
|Looking front to back|
The front yard
I'm leaving out pictures of the front-yard vegetable garden for now and saving that for another post. The flowers in the front yard are a bit more muted as I try to have them accent the house instead of compete with it.
|Russian sage and Black-eyed Susan. The veggie garden is actually hidden behind the|
Russian sage. You can't really see it from the sidewalk unless you're looking.
|Gaillardia (I forget the variety)|
|Callirhoe involucrata. This plant is doing okay but the one by the steps suddenly died.|
|Echinacea and Black-eyed Susan|
That's it for another Bloom Day. Thanks for reading and be sure to see how other gardens around the world are doing over at May Dreams.