Saturday, July 21, 2007

Beating the heat of late summer

My garden is looking very good right now and wouldn't you know - this is the week that we leave on vacation and it's supposed to be in the 100s. My plants won't get my TLC! I plan to give everything a good soaking first and move my potted annuals into shade in my absence. Wish me luck.

Here's a look at what my purple coneflower is doing. This is from the plant that I showed earlier that was part lime green on the bottom and dark green on top. The blooms are magnificent. It's the best coneflower I've had in years.

The best news to report is that my husband has let me expand the garden! We are going to expand out front where it is part-shade and part-sun. I've been scouring the nurseries trying to figure out what to put in there - here's what I know for sure: astilbe, ligularia and maybe some Early Sunrise coreopsis. I went on a garden tour this week and found one garden full of California poppies - it was lovely, but I'm afraid I don't have enough sun for that ...

See you in a few days!


kris said...

Great photos! I love the purple coneflower - what vibrant color! - and the brown-eyed susans - and that zinnia is very pretty. Hope everything survives while you're gone. Lucky you to get new garden space - I like the choices you're thinking of - can't wait to see it!

Kirk and Ang said...

Thanks for all of your hard work helping in my garden this weekend. It will be even more beautiful now! I would have come over and watered for you!