Our crazy summer weather continues with alternating hot and humid days that require the AC to be on followed by a few cooler days. A lack of sufficient rain has produced many plants smaller in size and it's a struggle for those with shallow roots.
Here's the butterfly garden with quite a few bare spots which are usually filled by the branches of the butterfly bushes. Some bloggers find these shrubs invasive but this far north they don't reseed and grow back from the roots each spring. I cut the previous year's dead branches back to 6-8 inches when new growth starts and they're worthwhile for the nectar provided.
Photographed through the living room window on the left and from the sidewalk on the right, the New Dawn rose is quite robust but does get a deep watering from a rain barrel every other week.
The pink Invincibelle hydrangea is full of dainty pink flowers.
In the shade acanthus (Hungarian bear's breeches) is flowering while the plant in the sun only has leaves. I like to experiment with plant location because various factors sometimes allow a plant to be hardy where it shouldn't be.
Clematis 'Queen Mother' is a petite showstopper on a pergola in the front garden.
Taking the path on the south side of the house to the backyard are plants that can take the baking sun, many natives which can survive on their own are in here.
Blue vervain, (Verbena hastate) the flower spikes open from the bottom to the top and this year it has appeared in a few other places around the garden.
Astrantia is a plant that needs consistent moisture to produce pretty clusters of flowers.
From the kitchen...I baked a Kentucky Derby pie which is pecan with mini chocolate chips. Our grandson came for dinner the day I made this and he, and hubby have a sweet tooth but only a small piece is needed of this rich dessert.
I've been helping our daughter create a hosta garden in a shady corner under trees where grass won't grow. A few divisions from my plants, some pots from the local nursery, a birdbath and birdhouse are bringing it together. A couple of varieties of Japanese painted fern have been added for texture contrast.
Next year more pieces of my hosta collection will be added.
How are your gardens this year? I know the unpredictable weather patterns are being experienced in many countries.
Happy Gardening, take time for tea!