My late summer cottage garden is a riot of blooms that are busy with pollinators. Froggy Pond is full of water lilies and dragon flies. The verdant Serenity Garden calms with its beautiful hydrangeas and pretty hosta flowers. I don't want to think about all this loveliness coming to an end, but the signs are there with the prevalence of die-back requiring lots of deadheading. Hastening the process of decline are the frequent heavy rains. I hate to keep complaining about the weather. I awoke this morning, however, with a feeling of dread that Hurricane Henri may reach far enough inland to damage my garden. It was pouring when I stepped out onto the porch. The rain garden is full and overflowing but I'm glad to say that, although it has rained all day, we are not getting strong winds. They are not so lucky in New England. I pray for all those in the path of the storm.
|Rain from Hurricane Henri soaking my garden.|
Yesterday I took pictures of what is blooming now. I know you have seen so many pictures of these same plants so I have tried to include something new to my garden in each collage.
I labelled the flowers clockwise from the top left picture in each set
|Pretty, red zinnia / lobelia in the rain garden/ pole beans / the tuberous begonia just gets bigger and bigger|
|Hydrangea 'Limelight' / coneflower (Echinacea Purpurea Confections™ 'Milkshake') / white turtle head Chelone glabra with blooms tinged with lavender |
|Surprise lily - I had only one this year / Can't resist showing the lavender again - Look how much more it has grown! / Great blue Lobelia / Obedient plant|
|The reblooming daylily flowers when all the others are finished / will Henri destroy the petunias in the hanging basket? / Rudbeckia black-eyed Susan / tall black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia maxima)|
|A nice, color-coordinated mixture of yellow, white, and red -- Coreopsis and Lilium|
There was a lull in the rain earlier, so I rushed outside to pick some flowers. They will give you another idea of what is blooming now.
|Hydrangea 'Pinkie Winkie & 'Limelight', zinnia, cosmos, obedience, yarrow 'The pearl', and shasta daisy |
|I'm using the vase on the bottom right for the first time. It is another of Duane's great thrift-store finds|
Finally, the Kitchen Garden gave me a nice bounty last evening:
|The first of the pole beans, red beets, the first cherry tomatoes (some are hiding in the picture), the last of the cucumbers, and some lovely carrots.|
I don't really wish that the gardening season would last for ever because, I have to admit, I am getting a bit tired. And I have to conserve some energy for a major fall project-- creating the meadow garden that I mentioned earlier this year. I'm a glutton for punishment.
Stay safe, dear gardening friends!
|The last hosta to bloom this year|
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