On the left is the remains of the Hydrangea macrophylla beside the Hakonechloa macra “All Gold.” On the right, the Hibiscus moscheutos “Pink Cloud,” commonly known as Rose Mallow, is breathtaking against the blue sky.
By the time you read this, it will be the end of the first week in September and hopefully the temperature will have cooled down a bit.
But as I write this post, it’s still August and we are still in the clutches of sweltering, muggy summer days. Being a gardener, I love the summer but I feel as if we have had an extremely long stretch of very hot, very humid weather with very little rain. What to write about on this steamy August afternoon? I want to skip this month’s post as I think to myself, “Sorry, nothing to say, it’s too hot.”
My pots are gasping for water on a daily basis.
Some days it feels as if I could water them twice a day but it’s so hot that even I don’t want to be outside. The lawns are brown and everything has a sort of sunburnt look about it. But as I struggle along with the pots and the lawns, it occurs to me that the gardens themselves are actually very happy and profuse right now. Things are blooming and colorful and the Hydrangea paniculata are in their glory. Thank goodness for irrigation!
I guess August isn’t so bad after all, though I for one am happy to say goodbye to August and hello to September.
More grasses in flower.
On the left, Anemone x hybrida “Honorine Jobert,” or Japanese windflower, is a good addition to the back of the bed. On the right, Lagerstroemia, Crape Myrtle happily existing beside Rudbeckia hirta, Black-eyed Susan.