The garden survived my departure and I returned to lush garden full of blooms, unfinished projects, tall towering weeds, slugs and mosquitos. I dealt with most visible weeds in the first week and killed a lot of the arrogant fat slugs who didn't even bother to stay hidden. Then I took pictures.
We had a record amount of rain while I was gone and daily thunderstorms after I came back. We are exceeding the last rain record for a June month by a couple more inches of rain. Weeding is easy but moving/splitting some plants is still hard with the soil so wet everyday. The benefit of a lot of rain is the lush foliage, the lush hostas!
I love this combo of foliage.
|Hakonechloa Aureola, Hottuynia cordata "Chameleon" and Standard Hosta|
|Paul's Glory, Sum and Substance, Guaccamole, Elegans|
|Hosta "Key West"|
Another nice foliage combo is in the front of the house:
|The giant blue hosta is Elegans. Behind it is Hydrangea "Incrediball". The smaller light one is "Gold Standard". The variegated shrub is my very favorite Daphne x burkwoodii "Carol Mackie"|
Late blooming astilbes are now in bloom. The whites are a favorite. The last ones are too.
|Astilbe "Visions in Red"|
Two kinds of campanulas are in bloom right now. This first one moves around so much that it is now behind tall echinacea and daisies. You need to know where to look to find it.
|Campanula punctata "Cherry Bells" or Cherry Bellflowers|
|Campanula "Pink Octopus"|
The last blooms of Clematis are unfolding in front of our patio.
|Clematis "Marie Louise Jensen"|
This clematis is just now at peak. It is a good performer but placed in a very shady corner. I wish I've placed a light color variety there.
|Clematis viticella "Polish Spirit"|
While we are looking at purple blooms lets take a look at purple/burgundy poppies which came-up from seed this year
|Poppy Lauren's grape|
This perennial got me all excited this year. Bought three years ago and hasn't bloom until I moved it to a new spot. I was hoping for larger blooms. Interesting bloom texture.
|Ornamental Clover or Trifolium rubens|
It is the beginning daylilies season.
I only designed two new pots this year. Not enough time for playing with pots. The tall one is not growing as was hoping. The lower one has some hope.
New petunia that I am trying this year! Cool don't you think? An almost black face .
Till next time, happy gardening!