Chilly End of July

Datura bud waiting to unfurl.
Datura bud waiting to unfurl.

Though the temps are only in the high 50’s, it is still summer in the garden and today’s rain was welcomed.  I’ve taken advantage of the cooler temps and moved a few things.  I wilt less in cooler weather.  And, of course, the plants don’t mind a cool move and a nice rain.  The Ruby Stellas under the Rose of Sharon have never done well and so I pulled one clump out.  I’ll probably remove the other two clumps, too.  And, since the Francis Williams hostas under the kitchen window were looking really bedraggled, I moved them to a spot under the Rose of Sharon.  They might like the shade there better.

This Deep Blue Sea hosta was planted a year ago and it's doing very well.  So is its neighbor My Friend Nancy.  Of COURSE I had to get THAT hosta!
This Deep Blue Sea hosta was planted a year ago and it’s doing very well. So is its neighbor My Friend Nancy. Of COURSE I had to get THAT hosta!
The old Rose of Sharon is in full bloom.  Notice the Citronelle heuchera and the Francis Williams hostas.
The old Rose of Sharon is in full bloom. Notice the Citronelle heuchera and the Francis Williams hostas.

 

It’s sale season at garden centers and so I went to one yesterday that tends to be more expensive.  Their perennials were half off, so I picked up a couple of heucheras (Citronelle) and few other things.  I thought the bright yellow Citronelle would look nice under the Rose of Sharon with the Francis Williams.

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Datura bloom

I’m seriously considering taking the crushed limestone out of the Secret Garden and putting in brick pathways.  I asked a landscaper to come by last week and measure.  But a good friend from Maine has offered

Fragrant Angel echinacea and the Kim's Knee High
Fragrant Angel echinacea and the Kim’s Knee High

to do the work.  And I think I’m going to take her up on her offer.  I have another friend who can get me lots of bricks for free, so this might work out quite well.

One of my favorite spots in the Secret Garden is a home to various heucheras and hostas under the Kousa Dogwood.
One of my favorite spots in the Secret Garden is a home to various heucheras and hostas under the Kousa Dogwood.
This sunny bed in the Secret Garden is crammed full of echinacea, White Dome hydrangea, Jean Davis lavender, liatris, Cool Cat Nepeta, and East Friesland salvia
This sunny bed in the Secret Garden is crammed full of echinacea, White Dome hydrangea, Jean Davis lavender, liatris, Cool Cat Nepeta, and East Friesland salvia

 

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