This summer has given a new appreciation of the Dog Days of August. Historically this is a phrase connected with the significant observations of Sirius, the dog star. But for me, and many others I think, it connotes a tiredness associated with day after day of overwhelming heat. We have finally just had two days of long overdue rain. It was the first since July 4th and we’ve been running a water deficit since May. When you have to supplement the water drops the plants milk out of the atmosphere, it doesn’t leave time for many other projects. I won’t even mention the blog postings that were completely written in my mind and never made it to the keyboard. Let it suffice to say that I will be ready and willing to move toward fall. In the unfailing optimism that must accompany gardening I planted fall peas and beans on Satuday morning, just before we got some rain.
In the meantime, it is GBBD after all and time to celebrate that which has survived to flower even in this heat. I want to give a special commendation to the chocolate Joe Pye weed which has been sharing it’s remarkable foliage with us all year and has now decided to flower as well.
The white flowers contrast nicely with the dark foliage.
Another winner is the Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ which is finally coming into its own.
A nice little addition to the party is a seedling Rudbeckia that looks much nicer than the ones which stayed in the ground all winter. Of course it’s been getting more hand watering than the others.
In the camellia garden we also have the fall blooming cyclamen looking very charming at the moment with their fascinating leaves and flowers combined.
And it would not be fair if I didn’t mention the yellow corydalis which has been flowering continually since spring. What a great shade garden flower.
There are other flowers out there, such as the rudbeckias, the black-eyed susans, cosmos, geraniums, and the monarda. But they are on the scraggly side of their blooming cycle right now. We need to digest this rain for a bit. Let me close out with one of the regular visitors to our gardens, the crab spider. They are getting bigger at this time of year and this particular spider seems to be very well suited to the cosmos he/she settled in on.
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