Well August is just about gone and I do not know where it went. Fall is closing in fast on us and the cooler nights and mornings here now are a hint. We will get our one more hot spell and then summer heat will be hopefully gone for the year.
In the garden early Fall blooming flowers are opening and I for one have been rethinking on what to add to the garden next Spring that will make the garden have more in bloom at this time next year. I have lists stuck in the garden journal to remind me. Not that I am forgetful mind you. LOL!
Just efficient. I know your not buying that one and neither am I. LOL!
Autumn Joy clematis is full of buds and will soon be blooming with a riot of small white blooms.
More of the roses are blooming with the cooler weather and I love seeing the roses.
This Bright Eyes or Polka Dot phlox has been a real trooper in the garden for holding onto its blooms. Some of the other phlox are getting smaller blooms where they have been deadheaded. I have declared defeat on the issue with getting rid of the powdery mildew from some of the phlox this summer.
The Bronze Potato vine is blooming but the poor thing is really getting chewed up now.
In the Woodland bed the Centaurea or Knapweed is blooming in the sunny area.
My Fantasia clematis had died out to the ground this summer and I was so sad about it because it had bloomed so well this late spring. I thought the brown leaved vine was a goner but all at once it started growing from the ground over again and has now gotten a new bloom. So I am glad it was not lost.
I think everything is being chewed on at this time of the year.
This has been a trying year in the garden and I have been wanting to through my hands up and forget this year.
Even my beloved impatiens have done poorly. This has been the worst year for container plantings that I can remember.
Most of my window boxes and planters have geraniums and petunias included in them and even these old standbys have just not grown well this summer. I am going to pull everything out and get on with putting fall flowers in the window boxes.
The Bluebirds fledglings have left the box and they all will be leaving. They never hang around here for the winter.
A war is waging here with me against the Squirrels. The little varmints are digging up the new Irises that were planted.
I replant them and they dig them up again. Grrr!
I keep telling them that Squirrel hunting season starts in September so they had better watch it. LOL!
I do not think they are taking my advice or warnings.
I hope everyone along the eastern coastline and gardening bloggers came through hurricane Irene and the tropical storm without any losses.