Monday, August 11, 2008
Best August ever
It’s been way too long since I posted—sorry! And what a tumultuous time it’s been in the garden. Although we’ve had more mid-summer rain than I ever remember, it hasn’t hurt the plants; they’re lush and floriferous. A climbing red rose (above, left) I’d given up on completely is now taller than ever and filled with buds as are most of the roses—in August!
Many lilies are still in bud, including all the speciosum rubrum and album. Then there are these lovely hybrids (above); you’ll say they’re Stargazers, but I think they’re the Summer’s End. They’re taller than the Stargazers and the petals are a bit too recurved. I look forward to smelling the much-vaunted rubrum scent when those emerge. Old House Gardens swears by it, but I have my doubts.
As last year, I’ve done some overhead shots from my husband’s study window and I thought it would be fun to compare them. The biggest difference is the monstrous rudbeckia hirta “Herbstomme.” Above is this year and below is last year. The ground cover around the pond is different, but you can scarcely see it. As always, the irrepressible trumpet/wisteria looms over all. I have to do something.