I post so many pictures of flowers, that you might think my garden is overflowing with flowers. That’s just not true.
In fact, my flowers are mostly tiny borders. And I have a very healthy crop of weeds every summer. The July and August garden of 2016 is no exception.
And oh my, there’s mowing.
No, it’s not a big yard, But it’s bumpy and lumpy. Definitely not a smooth, sophisticated lawn.
The August Garden
Here’s a look from the Southeast corner of the backyard. Lettuce is flourishing to the right towards the garage. In fact, it may go to seed before I can eat it all.
Along the fence line to the left, there is a tiny strip of flowers – mostly roses and phlox.
There’s also a brown tarp held down by plastic furniture. The tarp kills the grass underneath, and I can plant there in the fall.
The small vegetable garden is in the back of the grassy area, and behind that the gathering of many weeds and the big black compost bin.
There’s a young maple tree that will eventually shade the entire Northeast corner.
There’s also a bench in that Northeast corner. Here’s a perspective from that angle.
My neighbor’s garage is directly to the left, and some lilacs attempting (and failing) to camouflage the garage.
Right by my garage (and portion of the house that juts backwards,) you can kind of see the bed of peonies, daylilly, coreopsis, and echinacea I added this year. I hope they make it – it’s been a terribly hot and dry summer.
And you can spot where I was standing in the previous picture, right? Directly across the yard where the house almost meets the fence. By those two chairs.
I think this Northeast corner will be a lovely little shady area in time. Maybe a ring of hostas and daylillies around the maple tree?
To the right of the tree is the black compost bin and vegetable garden. Other than the flourishing lettuce by the house, this has been a disappointing year for veggies: only a few straggling beans, maybe some carrots and -at most- a handful of cherry tomatoes.
To the right of the vegetable garden, bright red phlox and…weeds.
At some point in the past, somebody (and no – it wasn’t me) decided to let mint run amok. So it’s a minty, weedy mess.
Between House And Fence
And – just because you’re probably wondering – what’s between the house and the fence?
At one time it was a weedy overgrown mess, too. The previous owners had blocked off access and let things grow. A couple of years ago I knocked that down, smothered with cardboard, threw down a lot of mulch. It looks like this now:
Yep, two colors of mulch because that’s what was on sale.
Still, I like the stepping stones, and that it’s easy to walk from the front to the back yard. I imagine it makes walking to the electric meter easier, too.
Now for some pretty flowers in the front yard. This balloon flower is nestled between hydrangea, peony, and daylilly.
The daylillies always put on a show in the middle of the summer.
And they’re just as spectacular up close.
The “Twist and Shout” lacecap hydrangea is especially beautiful this summer. This is it’s third year in the ground, and I think it’s really happy.
I know that hydrangeas change color based on the soil. But it’s really something to see two colors in one hydrangea bloom – pink and purple/blue.
The succulents are also happy by the front door. This (unknown) succulent turns from green to copper – and then back again once in the house for winter.
Two roses from the back yard. I don’t know their names, but they both bloom in July.
And have I told you how much I appreciate the reliability and beauty of phlox?
I love end of the gardening season deals at big box stores. Here’s a red and yellow daylilly I got last year during the final days of fall.
So that’s what’s been growing in my garden. How about yours?