Welcome reader to my blog - a mixture of this and that. Now that we are living in a retirement community in downtown Columbia, MD my personal gardening activities are somewhat curtailed. I still enjoy visiting gardens, reading, watching wildlife on my walks, traveling, and occasional food commentary. Please leave a comment if you feel inspired to do so. I read every one of them.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Highlights of August in the Gardens + A Book Recommendation

I am so thankful that black-eyed susans bloom in August.  Without them the gardens would be rather bland.  Everywhere I look I see that cheery yellow face in my gardens.
See what I mean as I walk you through them on August 1st.

In Mom's Garden the black-eyed susans are just outside the front door.  They are in the perfect spot to spread out.

Hibiscus is still producing it's dinner plate sized blooms.

Hydrangea not as prolific but here's one beautiful bloom.

Butterfly bushes are attracting what butterflies there are.  Populations are down for butterflies around here.

Crepe myrtle is in its glory.  Hard to believe it started as a stick.

At the Pond Garden this miscanthus is immense.  I'm so glad we transplanted the other two which were originally here with this one.

Joe Pye weed is almost ready to open its blossoms.

Just under the Joe Pye is this water lily.  It's honored me with a bloom.

Elusive fish.  I still don't know where they disappear to.

Phlox between pond and porch.

More black-eyed susans at the pond.

The Glen Garden is hurting from deer feeding.  Ferns are not deer food, thankfully.  New fronds for this variety come out in such an interesting contrast color, then turn green.

Japanese fern is so different from all the other varieties.

In the Perennial Garden, more black-eyed susans, contrasting with phlox, purple cone flowers and knock out rose against the wall.

And even more of them.

The last of the star gazer lilies visited by one of the few butterflies.

And here's one of the last daylily blooms.

These hosta outside Dan's study have not been visited by the deer lately.  I won't be surprised if the buds are nipped off by morning.

I hope you enjoyed the tour.

Here's the book recommendation: Mistress Shakespeare by Karen Harper.  A wonderful blend of historical fact with the author's imagination of the relationship between William Shakespeare and the wife no one really knows anything about.  It's an engrossing read.  Totally believable.  Made doubly enjoyable for me because having been to England in June I could envision much of the scenery described.  If you enjoy historical fiction you will like this one, too.


amanda | wildly simple said...

Your gardens are so wonderful!
I love all the black eyed susan and wow, those hibiscus!
Thanks for the book recommendation - I love historical fiction.

Betsy Adams said...

Your August blooms are beautiful. Many people around here have Black Eyed Susans also. I have never had them--but like them...

Most of our Daylilies are gone --but will rebloom in Fall. Our Lilies are mostly gone too except for the Cannas which are gorgeous.

Our Roses are showing off now --and keep some color in the yard...

Love your yard and all of your colors.

Stewart M said...

I do like the Black Eyed Susans - people grow them in the garden near us.

"Post and Run" - means a fast post! i.e.: I'm just going to post and run! Although I can see how the wording on my post is ambiguous!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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