|Foster puppy on the left, learning how to sit with my two goofballs.|
Maybe it's best that those posts stayed in my head!
It's so hot and dry. Late spring and early summer started off with higher than average rainfall, but August brought less than an inch of rain during the entire month. I try to water my perennials as infrequently as I can most years but have had to turn the sprinkler on them several times in the past weeks to keep them from keeling over.
I planted milkweed last fall and when it came up this year - surprise! A monarch found it! YES!
|Not milkweed, but the monarch liked the hibiscus as well.|
And then the orange aphids found it too, and I couldn't get them off with natural controls so I cut the plant down. I hope it grows back next year.
My neighbor got a new fence. She went from a DIY metal one (first pic) that I was sure her tiny dog was going to get through to a wooden one. I like it a lot. I'm slightly worried that it means a little less sun in that area because of the fence shadow, but I'll make it work.
The caryopteris x clandonensis 'White Surprise' that I ordered and planted last fall, partially for its variegated foliage, is growing in....not variegated. I feel like this like the time when we got a puppy when I was a kid. I asked my mom when she'd learn to pee lifting her leg like other dogs. I was missing some common sense then, and feel like I'm missing something obvious now.
|Not a whole lotta variegation going on now.|
I'm starting to compile my fall plant order. Spreadsheets abound! Are you ordering anything fun for next year?