I don’t know how anyone who looks after a garden can have any sort of ego. Just when I think I know what plants need to grow, I quickly find out how wrong I can be. At times, I’ve given them “perfect” growing conditions and watched them wither away. And yet this year, with its ridiculous excess of heat and appalling lack of rain, the gardens have somehow managed to survive with almost no help from me. I’ve spent much of this summer moping around indoors, whining about the weather and wondering why I even bother trying to garden. But now, I remember why.
First, some closeups, starting with a new favorite: ‘Profusion Yellow’ zinnia (also a favorite with cabbage white butterflies) with ‘Profusion Fire’ and ‘Serena Purple’ angelonia. Below, heat-bleached ‘Cherry Brandy’ rudbeckia with ‘Bronzilla’ sedge (Carex flagellifera).
Above, ‘Oakhurst’ pineapple lily (Eucomis comosa); below, ‘Jade Princess’ millet (Pennisetum glaucum).
Above, white African foxglove (Ceratotheca triloba ‘Alba’); below, golden lace (Patrinia scabiosifolia) with ironweed (Vernonia).
Above, Japanese burnet (Sanguisorba tenuifolia) with golden elderberry (Sambucus nigra ‘Aurea’); below, false hemp (Datisca cannabina).
Above, ‘Hopi Red Dye’ amaranth; below, ‘Cassian’ fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides) with orange coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida), ‘Morning Light’ miscanthus, and ‘Lemon Queen’ perennial sunflower (Helianthus).
And now, a quick trot around the gardens, starting with the arc borders…
…the courtyard (above and below)…
…the front path, left side (above) and right side (below)…
…and two other random shots from the front garden (above and below).
Heading around to the side, there’s the pink-and-yellow border (below), with patrinia, ‘Fireworks’ globe amaranth (Gomphrena), ‘Cassian’ fountain grass, and orange coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida).
In the white area, there’s chastetree (Vitex negundo) with ‘Swift Creek’ privet (Ligustrum) [above]. Below, snow-on-the-mountain (Euphorbia marginata) with ‘Silver and Gold’ yellow-twig dogwood (Cornus sericea) and not-yet-blooming aromatic aster (Symphiotrichum oblongifolium).
Below is another view, with pony-tail grass (Nasella tenuissima).
Heading around back, there are ‘Red Noodle’ beans and cardinal climber (Ipomoea x multifida) on the arbor to the orchard (above) and the now-filled-in Happy Garden (below).
Outside the fence, the grasses are looking better than they ever have (above): ‘The Blue’ little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) and ‘Karl Foerster’ feather reed grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora) in front of ‘Dewey Blue’ switch grass (Panicum amarum). And below, the meadow is full of color from goldenrods (Solidago), compass plants (Silphium perfoliatum), and Joe-Pye weeds (Eupatoriadelphus purpureus).
To see what else is blooming today in gardens all over the world, check out the Carol’s Bloom Day post over at May Dreams Gardens.