The garden is a lot happier than it was a week ago – it’s amazing how a bit of rain will make things all perky again! Still hot and humid though! I think the word to describe the garden this week is ‘lush’ – rain, heat and humidity make foliage grow bigger and appear greener, flowers are brighter, bugs are buggier! As it’s Saturday, it’s time to join the Propagator‘s crowd and post pictures of six things now happening in the garden.
Last week I showed four different daylilies (Hemerocallis) that were in bloom. Here are three more. I’m particularly pleased, although not that impressed, with the first one. It’s a hybrid I developed myself, crossing H. Catherine Woodbury with a large deep, unnamed red one. It’s taken a few years to get the seedling large enough to bloom.
The tall Silphiums are blooming. First is Silphium perfoliatum – Cup plant. The main clump is about seven feet tall right now. I say ‘main clump’ because I tend to let the flowers go to seed, which are favoured by several small birds here, including finches. This plant self seeds like crazy though, and I have dozens and dozens of individual plants all over the large island bed they’re in. In the spring I try to pull or dig them out, but…
The second is Silphium laciniatum – Compass plant. Native to Ontario and a wide swath of central United States, the flower stalk can be much taller than me, and the huge leaves will align, some say, north to south to escape the hot mid day sun. Hmmm. Anyway, it’s very statuesque and certainly grabs your attention.
Clematis are having a great summer. Slower than usual to start blooming, perhaps because I traumatized the poor thing while transplanting it in the early spring, this purple C. Vitticella, Etoile Violette, looks kinda neat growing up the same tutoir as the red C. texensis Gravetye Beauty.
I had to harvest the garlic last Saturday. The foliage was half dead already, a few weeks early, and I wanted to get it out of the raised bed (most of my veggies are in some sort of raised bed because the soil is So Rocky) before the rain. Here’s what I got – many of the bulbs are smaller than usual (too dry) but I’m sure the taste will be as garlicy as ever!
Finally – I purchased last year a pot of lovely Sempervivum – Hens and chicks. The fleshy leaves are larger and redder than the more common, all green ones I have lots and lots of. It has sent up four flower stalks this summer (as well as sending out many ‘chicks’).
That’s it for me this Saturday. There are plans today to visit our local farmer’s market (now open, with physical distancing and masks, of course), do a bit of mowing (need to keep those weeds down) and attempt some tomato suckering. Generally taking it easy though, as humidex temperatures will reach 40 (104 f). Stay safe, everyone.