Friday, August 29, 2008

Hangin’ in there


Thanks to almost daily rain this summer, which sounds much worse than it is, because the showers have mostly been brief in duration, the garden can still justify the term lush and retains a good amount of floriferous action.

But all this rain has meant that things get long and lanky. Hence I’m still pruning, staking, and arranging. At top you see a container rose that basically has become a trellis and vehicle for annuals. It has clematis and black-eyed Susan vine coming up, while its base is covered with abundantly growing sweet potato vine, the black and chartreuse varieties.


Elsewhere, an Abraham Darby rose was way too tall, so it’s being held up by an obliging Black Knight butterfly bush.


And late summer is when I really depend on the tropicals, as well as the annuals. I just don’t have enough sun to make it as an all-perennial gardener. Tropicals will put up with a lot as long as they have humidity and we’ve had that. This castor bean certainly would have preferred sun, but I’m enjoying it in its truncated condition and hope by the end of September it might be a lot taller.

Lessons learned? Start the castor bean sooner or buy plants. Put down slug bait a lot sooner and use the other slug-deterring methods as well. Sooner. Try cutting back the rudbeckia hirta early—tricky, though—so it doesn’t tower over everything quite as much. Tracy Sabato-Auste’s book will help there. I have to write this stuff down so I remember …

7 comments:

Pam/Digging said...

Hey, daily brief showers sound pretty dang good to me, and I'm enjoying the pics of your lush August garden.

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

I'd take a shower or two right now. Hey, is that thunder I hear? It is.

Love the tropicals too. They make everything look lush when it's hot here.~~Dee

Crochet Goddess said...

Great flowers the are so beautiful. I wish I could get mine to grow.

MyMothersGarden.etsy.com said...

Hi Elizabeth~
What a beautiful garden you have created! Great photos too! New to blogging so visiting blogs of my favorite passion - Gardening. Really nice blog.
Karrita

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Yes you have that lush tropical look going this year. Lucky you.

Anna said...

Your garden looks lush and healthy. Good advice on getting the slug bait down quickly. Once those little babies are ruined by slugs they don't usually recover.

We are finally getting rain once a week or so and could get a lot more. We are in a serious drought and our gardens have suffered badly. So I come to ya'lls gardens to see what it's suppose to look like.

Layanee said...

I just took a picture of a black eyed susan vine which is just starting to take off. Better late than never! Tropicals do make the garden more interesting don't they.