Berries forming on the doublefile viburnum 'Shasta'. They look like candy, like they would be chewy.
Chocolate cosmos. I like these a lot and will plant more next year. They are low, small plants with intensely red little flowers. But the chocolate scent is difficult to pick up. I got a whiff one still evening, but normally I can't detect any chocolate fragrance.
Drumstick alliums, Allium sphaerocephalum, leaning over in front of a smokebush, Cotinus cogyggria 'Grace'. They start out as deep wine red drumstick heads, then open magenta.
A pretty daylily. I have no idea what cultivar, and I normally like the simple orange ones, but this is nice in a frilly, not really red way.
Himalyan fleeceflower, Persicaria officinis 'Dimity'. It's a groundcover, with clean green narrow leaves and fuzzy pipecleaners of pink and rusty red. This low spreader blooms all summer long.
Cardinal flower, Lobelia cardinalis. This is the red of July, the brightest, reddest, clearest firecracker red you can imagine. Pow.
It's July, it's hot, and the humidity is 90%. The temperature lately has been in the high 90s F / 36 C, the heat index (how it feels) even higher.
There are nice things out here in the garden, and lots of them are pretty reds, but I'm going in now. See you later.
Red. Hot. July.
|My garden is under the zero |
in the 106 degree heat index label over Hartford.