Thursday, August 15, 2013

A Little August Color. .

It seems very difficult to believe that it is the middle of August. .
Not only because we have had over 7 inches of rain in the last month
(which to some of you sounds like no big deal. .
but to us in Western Kansas. .
It is a HUGE deal!!)
But also because the temperatures for that same length of time have been in the 70-80’s and a few low to mid 90’s!!
This time of year is when we USUALLY have our multiple 100 degree days!!
Now don’t hear me complaining. .
I am NOT!! It just feels strange!!
The flowers are LOVING the weather. .
So I thought I would give you a quick tour!!
This is a little clump of purple salvia that I moved from my mom’s gardens after she moved. .
The bonus was. .
The pink sweet William in the front!
Across the sidewalk from that is my lil’ veggie garden.
The tomatoes have been a total bust!! Not sure why. .
According to all the messages in my In-box. .
Everyone else who bought these grow boxes have PHENOMENAL results!!
The basil and peppers have started to really look nice though. .
And the cucumber vines have grown well. .
The ones that survived the kittens did anyway!!
The three galvanized tubs that were salvaged for herbs are doing well. .
Dill compacto on the left is blooming!
I think I will let it make seed and hope that a few will come up in the straw area next spring! There is also some lemon thyme in with it. .
The chives are in the middle with a clump of regular thyme. .
And something LOVES oregano other than us. .
Cause it has nibbled the clump in the right pot down to the quick. .
It’s just now regenerating!

Grant and I are hoping to make some raised beds in the background to grow beets, garlic, and okra, and put the tomatoes back into the ground, using the grow tubs for peppers and smaller things. We also intend on moving the rhubarb and blackberry plant to the same area. .
Adding another blackberry bush and another raspberry bush as well as two grapevines.
The garden has sure been handier to monitor for this busy gardener when it is right under my nose as I leave every morning!
These little self watering tubs are working better on the flowers than they are on the veggies. .
They have just been slow to take off. .
Usually, we are eating watermelon by now. .
At least we have the promise of watermelon to come. .
Cantaloupe too!!
That will be wonderful!
The nice thing will be. .
That I will pick up the tomatoberry plants that are producing. .
As well as the established pepper and basil plants. .
And move them straight to the greenhouse in their grow boxes.
I am excited to see how that works out.
I also started some new tomatoes, some swiss chard, cilantro seeds, and Diva cucumbers. These will be my winter greenhouse crop.
The moonflowers have reseeded in several areas of the garden. .
They sure do shine in the moonlight and into early morning!
Tristan even picked one for me and brought it into the house the other morning. .
They don't last well in a vase. .
but he didn't know that!!
This was a volunteer Russian sage from my Russian garden. .
I transplanted it to the memory garden last spring. .
It is doing well here and the bees love it!
In contrast. .
Here is my Russian garden!!
Not only do the flowers love the rain. .
So do the weeds!!
This bed was cleaned out not long ago!! The Texas red yucca are just now big enough to have had one bloom on them. .
I think that in the next year or two, that color combo will be really stunning! This bed has had no additional water, even earlier in the summer when it was hotter and things seem to be holding their own.
Back to the memory garden. .
There is a HUGE patch of these cute little mini hollyhocks! Behind are all the dried blooms from the Monarda!
My favorite Grandpa Otts morning glory. .
They are rambling up the fences now!
Right down from those is this transplanted clump of Karley Rose grass. .
One of my very favorite grasses with purplish plumes and a medium height.
The patch of purple is a sedum from my mom. .
Possibly blackjack.
When we moved plants from her yard, she remembered how much I loved the black sedum and asked me to take that clump. It has established well. .
And I’m not sure that I had ever really been to her house this time of the year. .
Because the stem color has darkened dramatically. .
And I love it even more now!
Can’t wait to propagate that into some new clumps!
Last bloomer in the memory garden is this Guava ice coneflower that I got on clearance in mid June!! Loving that!
Grant’s zinnias are blooming. .
And look nice with Salvia shared by Gardener on Sherlock street. .
As well as near the goldenrod that has been blooming for about a month now!
One naked lady left. .
The clump was gorgeous. .
And there were several clumps that I found.
Those reestablish sooo slowly after moving them, that I still find new clumps each year!!
I tried to grow gladiolus this year. .
I’ve had mixed results. .
There were several that died. .
Though I’m not sure what made the difference.
I’ve had a handful that bloomed. .
Some that bloomed also had the bulb next to them die. .
Go figure!!
The pitcher pump has run water all summer!!
Seems the magical cure was to get it out of nearly all of the wind. .
I have absolutely loved it!!
My large galvanized tub. .
With purple fountain grass, lemongrass (which I STILL don’t know how to cook with) and sweet potato vine. .
There are still some purple petunias in there. .
But the other stuff is edging them out. I do like the contrasting colors and foliage!
The $2 clearance canna bulbs are starting to bloom in the pond. .
I'm hoping to salvage those in my garage this winter and use them again next year.
And this little blue pickerel water plant has also been throwing purple flowers out for about 2 months now!
The corkscrew rush has been naturalizing the pond since the pond’s inception. It looked really neat with the rain drops still on it’s stalks!
As did the backlit Mexican hats!
I love sooo much the colors of later summer and fall. .
Everything is fuller. .
The butterflies are visiting in full force. .
And the weather promises cooler temperatures (eventually)
I’m sure there will be a few more blooms to showcase before the end of the season!!


  1. Beautiful !!
    I LOVE that pond. And the pitcher pump. And, well, EVERYTHING!!
    So glad you've had a nice summer.
    We've been a bit below average as well....and I'll NEVER complain about that. I just we'd get SOME rain....anything would be welcome at this point.

  2. It's looks beautiful. So green and lush. What I am most impressed with is your ability to know and remember all those plant names. I can barely remember the handful of things I planted in our small bed by the front porch, lol!

  3. Those tiny watermelon are cute! Slow on our melons of all types too. I think it's because it was too cool in the spring to get them started earlier. Haven't used the lemon grass either. Did you see how awesome it is doing in my garden? I was surprised at how wide the plants are.
    Never picked one of the moon flowers before, but mine is blooming now too. At least the Russian bed looks lush and not crispy this year! Ha. I wondered about my surprise lilies this year. I divided a huge clump last year and replanted in several places. There were tons of leaves this spring but only two blooms and they're done now. Everything around the pond looks nice!