Walking around the yard this morning with my cup of coffee, I kept hearing Randy Newman in my head. It's the theme song to the tv show, Monk. And it perfectly describes me in the yard. Hey, who's in charge here anyway?
Apparently, not me.
My direct sown bed of zinnias, cosmos, and marigolds has done very well with all the rain and heat so far.
The scabiosa needs to remember who is in charge here.
Rudbeckia hirta flops and flops. I hate this plant, but love the flowers.
The lemon mint bee balm found out yesterday that I am the one with the pruners. It should regrow fuller and more dense at the base.
Yvonne's salvia is a long way from the advertised 4', but it's blooming so prolifically, I'm going to say it was a success.
Anise Hyssop "Golden Jubilee" is huge. I'm worried it might swallow the bird bath.
Red Cardinal Climber is a thug until the first frost. It will have the arbor covered in a matter of weeks. Hummingbirds love this plant.
The potager scares me. Tomatoes are climbing all over each other. The squash has outgrown its tiny space. I forgot that lots of water and heat will do that.
The perennial bed hasn't matured the way I envisioned it. Next year, I will be more aware of what I am planting and growth habits. Lots of things are on the list to be moved and divided this fall/winter. I'm too busy making plans for next year to actually enjoy the garden this year. Patience. It's not one of my virtues.
Finally, something I do have complete control over. Here's the culled lumber I bought this week. I'll use it to build my new shutters for the front of the house. I'll have lots left over. I plan to use the extra to build a trellis along the side of the front porch. It may be too late to get much growing there this year, but I will be ready for next summer.
Heading downstairs soon to clean the cloner. Nothing has rooted in the past two weeks thanks to a nasty fungus that came in with some petunia cuttings. I need to bleach everything. Tomorrow, it will be ready for the tomato suckers and other softwood cuttings I want to take. My blue spires salvia in the front bed is about to bloom. Once it has started, I'll take lots of cuttings and fill in the empty spots in that bed.
Last night it rained. A LOT. It's raining again now. More rain expected this afternoon. My transplants from Carrie and the newly installed clearance plants are enjoying it. 70 degrees and muggy. I suspect today will be a slow day at work.