|Sweet Autumn Clematis draped over the deck railing, which I may |
regret some day as it overgrows the railing and eats the deck.
|Thunbergia 'Blushing Susie'. I think of pale peach as a |
spring shade, but here it is in late summer.
|Amethyst jewels on this caryopteris lure bees into drunken stupors.|
|Anemone 'Robustissima' hums with pollinators. It sounds like a zither concert.|
|I was surprised to see that this 'White Chiffon' Rose of Sharon|
attracted hummingbirds. They spent more time inside these
flowers than at the feeder I hang for them.
|Chocolate cosmos. Velvety, rich and sinful but calorie free.|
|'Tardiva' panicle hydrangea, looking stately late in the day.|
|I think of pinks and purples as spring colors, but the late summer |
garden, seen here on a rainy day, is all rosy shades.
It's always a delight when the garden turns out differently than you expected and completely out of sync with your careful plan. It happens every year, and every year I am surprised.
Some plants just never showed up this year, totally in contradiction to the plan. I have grown the very aggressive evening primrose, Oenothera berlandieri, which spreads and takes over. It was pretty but a worry. This year it did not appear earlier in the summer and I missed its delicate pink booms. Where did it go?
|Evening primrose in prior years made a large spreading patch. But it disappeared this year.|
Physostegia 'Miss Manners' is the better behaved version of Obedient plant, not so aggressive as the species. I had a lovely stand of it going in my garden, but it never came up at all this year, it just went missing when it should have shown up in summer.
|What happened to my stand of Obedient Plant? Here it is two years ago, but I never saw any of it this year.|
Oh well, even though I miss these plants from prior years, there are pretties enough now to keep me entertained in the late summer garden.