The August slump has arrived a few weeks early this year. Temps are a bit lower this week and finally the tomatoes and squashes are starting to set some fruit. The lawn is browning up nicely. Nothing a few days of steady rain wouldn’t fix.
Here are my Six.
1. Giant purple dahlia. I’m not sure I like dahlias. Peer pressure made me pick these up in a weak moment . The package photo was such a pretty pink! I planted this one in a pot with soft pink lilies which will probably turn out to be vibrant orange, for maximum clash of colour!!! The photo does not do justice to its purply magenta intensity. What’s nice is that there is no sign of lily beetle.
2. Eryngium *Blue Hobbit”. A little cutie that was eaten by rabbits last year but has re-emerged this year, happy and healthy.
3. Veronica ‘Goodness Grows’. This plant is at least 20 years old and just keeps on giving. This is her first of many flower flushes. Some sort of yellow flowered sedum behind.
4. Hydrangea ‘Blue Billow’, beloved by bees. The whole shrub is usually humming with them. Naturally there are none at all in the photos I took today.
5. My trusty chipper. Purchased on Craigslist for $100, brought home in the back of my Subaru.
6. Reclamation of my water view. One day you look out of the window and realise that everything got huge when you weren’t paying attention. So you call the man with the chain saw.
At 9am (Before)…
At 5pm (After). Still a work in progress, a lot of chipping yet to be done. A forest of sumac, a huge pussy-willow tree, and a crab apple pruned to the ground. Yikes! The viburnums in the centre of the photo still to be reduced by at least half. Now we can see the river.
Still lots to do before September planting can begin.
Six on Saturday is a weekly treat courtesy of Mr Propagator. More contributions may be found in the Comments section of his twitter post. thepropogatorblog.wordpress.com.
Have a great week!