Monday, August 5, 2013

What's Happening in the Garden?

The grass looks so bad right now - the heat and sun have rendered it a lovely beige for the next few months.  I tried to water it a little better this year,  but I nearly fainted when I got my past water bill.

I finally got around to trimming (read "butchering") my English Laurels in the side garden. They had gotten nearly two-stories tall and although they were a really nice screen from the neighbors, I was having visions of being old and grey on a ladder trying to tame them. So they got whopped off at fence height, something I can easily reach from the safety of my two-step ladder.  They probably should just come out, but I'll give it some time to see how they fill in.

Lots of bright colors in the garden now.

A stray summer flower on Magnolia x Jane
Agastache foeniculum (Anise Hyssop) seedling with Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora 'George Davison'
Gladiolus 'Lanrita'
Gladiolus 'Il Havo'
Tree peony foliage changing color.
Schizostylis coccinea 'Torero' (Cape Lily)
Tigridia pavonia (Mexican Shell Flower) - Fantastic color or a one day bloom!

The three Laurels at their new height - they were getting too out of control.
Lobelia x speciosa 'Compliment Deep Red' (Cardinal Flower)
Gladiolus 'Priscilla'
Lobelia x gerardii (cardinalis x siphilitica)
Juncus effusus 'Lemon Swirl' (Rush) being over run by water lettuce.
White Pumpkins!
Started topping the tomato plants - they have reached the maximum height.


  1. I'll show you my brown yard if you'll show me yours. You have plenty of beautiful stuff to distract from it.

    1. I'm having some ideas about next year renting a sod cutter and removing several whole sections of grass and expanding flowerbeds and putting in gravel walkways/paths. I will need some discerning bloggers to come give my idea a critical eye.

  2. Love the glads! They are so pretty and remind me of my dad. I forget about them though when I'm buying plants. Do we have to pull the bulbs for the winter here in Portland?

    1. Thankfully no - they survive winter in the ground just fine. I suppose they could rot over winter if you had bad drainage and they were too wet.

      I do see however that after about 5 years or so, they start to bloom less.

      I hear they need to be dug up, have all the small bulbs that have formed removed and then be replanted with a little fertilizer. So far I have been too lazy to do this.