It’s a bittersweet time to be a gardener. My enthusiasm for the small but important jobs around the garden has long since waned. I did some edging this weekend and it was all I could do to will myself to do it even though it was a job that was way overdue and one that I’m always happy with the results of. Some parts of the garden are just coming into their own, while much of the rest of it is looking tired. Even though I’m still calling this The Year Without a Summer, it seems like ages ago that all the foliage in the garden was bright and fresh and new looking, devoid of bare stems where deer or rabbits have nibbled or skeletized leaves where slugs have feasted.
I have a hard time not thinking about next year already: what needs to be moved, what areas need more plants, what just isn’t working. What I really should be doing is enjoying the beauty of the garden right now. Because there’s a lot of beauty out there to be enjoyed. I just have to enjoy it at face value and not think about how the end of the gardening season is getting closer.
What’s happening in your garden these days?
|Without question, Rudbeckia is the star of the late summer garden. Although the bright yellow color can be a bit jarring and can be difficult to combine with other colors, Rudbeckia, more than any other plant, defines the season for me.|
|The nasturtiums, all planted from seed, continue to provide great color in the garden and fill in the holes where other plants have failed.|
|The Korean feather reed grass is so beautiful this time of year when it sends up its delicate plumes.|
|‘Neon’ sedum is starting to show off and the bees adore it.|
|Speaking of ‘Limelight’, the first blooms are starting to show a tinge of pink. As beautiful as it is, it makes me sad to see it.|