Friday, July 29, 2011


My garden is looking rather colorless!  The daylilies are down to their last few blooms, and the asters and goldenrod won't start for a month.  Rudbeckia is blooming, but the shasta daisy and bee balm are finished.  What do you all have in your gardens that blooms in August (in zone 4 or northern 5)?


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Saturday, July 23, 2011


Daylilies are one of my favorite flowers --even drought doesn't seem to affect the flowers.  While almost all of my Asian and Oriental lilies are finished, the daylilies are still giving the garden quite a bit of color.

I rarely remember the names of the daylilies I plant, but the first one in this series of close-ups is "Tuscarilla Tigress" --just stuck with me for some reason.

These next two colors just glow in the garden --they're amazing.

This one has colors similar to the Tigress above, but more of a spider form.

This one is called "Straberry Candy", and was one of my first hybrid daylilies.  It has multiplied slowly (I only bought one corm) but it now makes two beautiful clumps.

Friday, July 22, 2011


Two inches of rain this morning!  Lots of thunder and lightning, but no wind.  I put the sprinkler away.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Two Weeks of Neglect

Some photos of garden-neglect!

I think these guys are a little water-starved!

The most extreme Japanese Beetle damage was this sweet potato vine in a pot.

More Japanese Beetle damage.

This is as good as my coneflowers ever look in July, and I believe it is Japanese Beetle damage --if anyone knows different, and it's something I can do something about, please let me know!

I have spent the day moving the sprinkler from one garden to another, so hopefully some of these plants will start to look a little better!

Monday, July 18, 2011


We're home, and the garden looks a bit neglected, but it looks like most things survived (we lost a bleeding heart we'd just planted).  The lack of rain was good in one way --the grass is not actually knee-high, which we were expecting.  Instead, it's pretty brown.  I don't mind grass going dormant, since we don't have any neighbors, really.  No need to keep it green if it wants to sleep through the month :-)  As Sissy said in a comment, we didn't get much rain with that storm --the rain gauge said .40 of an inch, but there were bugs in the water taking up space, so probably less.

The first thing I did when I got home, around 7 p.m. yesterday, was water the west garden, which gets the hottest sun.  I really need to water the rest, but with unpacking, laundry, grocery-shopping, and getting the 50 million dead bugs off the front bumper of the car, we had too much to do.  I did re-fresh the hummingbird feeders, and fill one birdbath.  And add chlorine tabs to the pool!  Hopefully we'll get nice and hot tomorrow doing a bit more around the yard, and then cool off in the pool.