Better late than never…. right? Our lazy, empty-nest summer is coming to a screeching halt this Saturday, when the kids come back after having spent the summer with the grandparents. Hubbs and I have delved into various projects of our choosing – often things that have waited years to get done. It feels fantastic to check them off our still rather long list! So forgive me, if I’m also a few days late with the monthly garden reports. Be sure to visit Carol at May Dreams Garden and Pam Penick at Digging to see what delights in other August gardens the world over. Here’s what’s going on in mine:
My latest acquisition is a hardy Hibiscus with the most sumptuous black foliage. The tag had it to be a cultivar with deep red flowers called ‘Midnight Marvel’. Go figure – the first (and every one after that) flower opened pink. Damn! I guess, as so many others, this too had been mislabeled. Instead, it is likely a variety called Summer Storm. I really think the universe is conspiring to change my aversion to baby pink. I considered taking it back, but it is growing on me. I like the flaming red center a lot! And the foliage is to die for.
See what I mean? It’s pretty cool…
My Chang fuchsia has been blooming non-stop for months. I fell for its unusually fleshy little flowers. They somehow feel a lot more succulent to the touch than “regular” fuchsias. And they are an orangey red that I really like.
My Abyssinian banana is getting taller by the day. I love its colors!
Aeonium ‘Schwarzkopf’ looking good in the early morning light.
A lone flower of Clematis henryii in stark contrast to the foliage of Canna australis.
A closeup of a rose – Twilight Zone. I’m not usually easily swayed by roses, but I fell for this one. It was both its color and its fragrance that won me over. Delicious!
I can at least pretend I’m in the tropics, right? I love the leafy fronds of my Trachycarpus.
Feeling a little dwarfed by Papyrus ‘King Tut’.
Sometimes I feel a little like Thumbelina.
The grapes are ripening.
More pretty leaves. Echium candicans, Kniphofia, and Salvia argentea.
An octopus aloe with a couple of likeminded ground covers.
I really love the prehistoric, reptilian foliar texture of this Begonia. It’s like I imagine the skin of a T-rex to be. Can’t help touching it. Funny – if it was a an actual snake, I’d run!
Speaking of which – I was working on an experiment in the side yard, and mentioned my snake phobia to my neighbor. Always the trickster, one day when I came out, I found a rubber snake curled up around one of my unplanted pots. I had seen the glint in my neighbor’s eye, so I was prepared for a prank, and didn’t freak out. Instead, I draped it over a panel he had leaning against his wall. It had the desired effect – he jumped a foot when he turned the corner! Ha! Revenge! We are now, once again, a rubber snake free back yard – as far as I know. More on my side yard experiment in a future post!