I spent most of Sunday in the garden, which was a real treat. It's fun to garden at this time of year, because most jobs fall under the "pottering" category. I spent a lot of time with my compost, sifting five wheelbarrows full and top-dressing parts of the garden with it. I still have about half a bin of finished compost to do and I couldn't be more thrilled. The sifting part is hard, but my whole composting operation was a real success this year.

This is the time of year when I naturally take stock of the garden. Most plants have peaked by now and it's easy to see where things have worked and where they haven't worked. I started taking some photos for a post on analyzing this year's garden and I realized that is a difficult thing to do. I don't like showing photos of the less attractive parts of the garden.

So I stopped and took a bunch of close up shots. These are a complete cop-out. Any gardener can find a few flowers that look great at any given time. But they are still interesting. So, while I work up the mental fortitude to show some of the less successful parts of my garden, I thought I'd just show some pretty pictures of pretty flowers.

Castor bean 'Impala'
Dahlia 'Gonzo Grape' (I think)
Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit)
Clematis 'Silver Moon' (grows in shade)
Gingko biloba 'Gnome'
Verbena bonareinsis

Echinops ritro (globe thistle)
Hydrangea 'Limelight'
Anemone robustissima 

Nasella tenuissima (Mexican feather grass)
Angelica gigas
Dahlia 'David Howard'


  1. A cop out, sure. But they're still very nice photos of pretty flowers -- which to be honest, all gardeners love to see and enjoy. We'll also enjoy your "needs work" photos next time! :-) -Beth

  2. Haven't you noticed that I rarely show "grand vista" shots of my garden. You're right, it's so much easier to take close-ups. But in this case, so much prettier too.

  3. How did I miss this post? Sometimes it's enough to just share pretty pix. My verbena bonariensis kind of up and died. Stems with brown bits on top. I'm almost without flowers at the moment except for a few daylilies.


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