Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Sometimes, you have to do what works.

I've tried the newest technology and it really seems to be lacking something. So I'm back to my standard method of posting. I might use the technology from time to time, but it's not something I want to do every day.

The yard is doing its own thing this year. It's been too hot to worry about much. I cut the grass every two weeks. I could probably mow once a week. In one part of the perennial bed, the path has disappeared.

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Little snippets of variety are what I love.

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I didn't realize I had purchased a 6' tall variety of agastache. If anyone would like a start of this, please let me know. I've got to move it next spring. It's HUGE! There are butterfly bushes in there somewhere.

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Lots of hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies.

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The hosta are blooming in the shade on the north side.

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Yep. He's a happy mutt.

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In late spring, I took my ficus tree outside to the side porch. I did some major pruning taking it down to about 6 main branches. It's forgiven me with a vengeance.

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It's 84 degrees and humid. Mid 90s with 100s heat index again. I've taken Koda out three times this morning. The figs are ripening one mouthful at a time.

5 comments:

FlowerLady said...

It's good to see and hear about your gardens again Tom and little Koda is a real sweetheart.

What are the purple leaved or flowered plants in the first picture.

Enjoy your wonderful flowers and gardens.

FlowerLady

Cameron said...

I let the garden do what works these days. No way I can pamper perennials in our summer heat!

Your garden looks wonderful! I love your agastache! :-) Take my advice on agastache like that. They can be short-lived after such a glorious display. In other words, when the plant looks its best, time to divide it next spring.

Hope the "cooler" temps really happen. Enough is enough, right?

Cute pup!

Jill O said...

Amazing butterfly photo. I kind of let my gardens go this year too; first because it was cold and rainy, then because it was hot and steamy. I'm just beginning to catch up now.

Tom - 7th Street Cottage said...

FlowerLady, that's Perilla, wild basil. It reseeds itself in every crack and crevice in the driveway. I mow it down in the path. The smell is nice, but it's very prolific.

Cameron, I plan to move all these next spring. I want these larger types in the backyard instead of right by the door. I have other plans for that space.

Cindy said...

Take my advice on agastache like that. They can be short-lived after such a glorious display. In other words, when the plant looks its best, time to divide it next spring.

I think that's the problem I ran into this year. They were glorious last summer all the way into fall. Even looked good this year until about early July. The hummers love them, but I'm not so sure I do. If they come back in the spring I'll definitely divide.