I hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend.
Although I know those who work in retail seldom
have holidays off.
It has been a cool and cloudy weekend for the most
part here. We were able to sneak in a cookout yesterday
before the sprinkles started again. We certainly need the
the rain though.
The Elderberry blooms are so pretty down by the
woods. The deer will no doubt have them before long.
The Clustered Purple Bellflowers are just about
through blooming now and will need cut back, but
the wild phlox is into their second bloom now since I
cut them back a few weeks back. The blooms are sparse
now and not as big.
The coneflower in the picture is missing some petals.
My conflowers are not doing so well this year for
some reason. In fact flowers are doing some mighty
strange things around here this year and it is not just
the yellow roses changing to red. I will share the newest
oddity this week in another posting.
Razzmatazz is doing better than the other varieties
of coneflowers that I have. The 'Double Delights'
do not even look like they are going to be double
blooming but look like the regular Magnus coneflowers.
The Astilbe's that I have are finishing up their
blooms now. They were so wonderful this year
and I had a few that had grown to four feet which
has never happened before.
This year my sweetpeas are not even blooming
as well as they generally do. The vines appear
deformed in the middle part, the picture below
does not show the problem very well, but you can
see that it is not blooming like it should.
I love taking pictures of the few blooms
that they do have. The are so fascinating to look at.
The Deer and the Japanese beetles have been into
the Hollyhocks and even the color of the blooms
on it are not as pink and vibrant.
In fact I think it
is down right ugly this year and that is not counting
the chewed holes in the leaves from the beetles.
The new 'Double Delight' rose makes up for
some of the ugly in the beds. I am trying to
keep the beetles away from it.
I am noticing now that as the blooms age they are
starting to change color and turning a rosy red all
over but it is beautiful when the blooms just open up.
There is just a few of the beauties and the ugliness
from this years garden.
Happy Gardening Everyone !