It's also Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - July 2010 over at May Dream's Gardens blog - stop by, tour many gardens of the worlds and add yours.
This title pretty much sums up how my plants - and me - are reacting to this heat wave we're having. The thermometer in my car hit 100 degrees yesterday. Really? In Massachusetts? We do not have A/C anywhere in our house so while the sprinkler is running continuously to keep the poor plants from keeling over completely, we're floating in the pool for the same reason. Thank goodness for the pool, otherwise we would all be holed up in my step-son's basement bedroom (aka The Dungeon.... there are no windows in that room so it is perpetual nighttime down there, but oh so cool!).
I find myself perusing the perennial collection at work every day, coveting the plants that have been plunked down randomly around the building. Today I noticed a Platycodon (Balloon Flower) blooming which I absolutely fell in love with. I'd also like that Star-Gazer Lily right outside my window. Notice my use of the singular tense when I mention these plants. That is because when they landscape, they plant one of each plant. Isn't that a giant landscaping no-no? Isn't Gardening Law that there should be repetition or groupings to draw the eye around the landscaped area?
I asked the receptionist if she thought anyone would notice if I dug it up to take home. I guess it's time to admit that the heat has finally melted a portion of my brain if I'm actually contemplating stealing perennials from my employer. But hey, I figure they probably wouldn't notice! Last winters carnage is still mixed in with this year's new growth. The Rudbeckias are blooming beautifully, with last year's multitude of seedheads mixed in and the hostas dead leaves from last year are lounging comfortably underneath this year's foliage. Ah, well, we all have our own gardening style, right?
I have to share this. We have more volunteer seedlings in this brick walkway, which I don't understand. If I tried to plant things here, they would laugh in my face and die. Bleeding heart and Alchemilla mollis (Lady's Mantle) love to grow in the middle of the side walk. I chop them down, they grow right back every year. Here's just one of the Bleeding Hearts (I cut down the other one already - it was 3 ft tall in the middle of the walkway):
Delphinium Chinensis, Knock Out Rose Radrazz and Shasta Daisy Snow Lady:
Delphinium New Millenium are winding down:
Centaura (Bachelor's Buttons:
Heliopsis is picking up the slack for my June flowering babies who have sputtered out:
My 'Anything Goes' garden: Gaillardia, Heliopsis, Rose Campion:
Happy Echinacea - I love them almost as much as the butterflies do:
Achillea 'Cerise Queen'. I grew this from seed a few years ago and it really took over where it was planted so I dug up a whole lot of it and now I just let an itty bitty clump bloom by the pool, where it stays in bounds:
Queen Anne's Lace with Achillea 'Cerise Queen':
Buddliea 'Black Knight' (Butterfly Bush). There are butterflies on this no matter when I go out in the yard:
Since the butterflies are so active now, it's a no-brainer that I must post pics of my new friends:
My what big eye(s) you have!
There were actually four butterflies on this clump of Echinacea. The yellow Swallowtail was there also but I just couldn't get a picture with all of them in it. They kept flitting around on me:
I was very ticked off (to put it mildly - I actually threw a small hissy fit) when I reviewed my butterfly pics on my computer and saw that the Butterfly Bush and Echinacea were loaded with my most hated gardent pest, the Japanese beetle! I was so focused on the butterflies I didn't even notice. As soon as I'm done posting, I will be out in the yard with a big bucket of soapy water commiting mass Japanese beetle murder.
And the ending to every post is always some overall yard pictures. Only pictures of the back of the house, since the front is my 'neglected middle child'. Not a whole lot blooming out there because I focus all of my energy on the back gardens.
My favorite, the side garden:
Front of pool fence (Coral Bells 'Firefly', Rose Campion, Shasta Daisy, Coreopsis and KnockOut Rose 'Radrazz':
Outside of pool fence:
Back of pool fence:
Thanks so much for stopping by for a tour! Hope you join the party at Bloomin' Tuesday. May the Gardening Gods look down on you, blessing you with less heat than we've had and more rain! Poor crunchy grass... 'feeling the grass between my toes' just isn't a phrase that will fit in right here. Time to hit the pool. I'm melting into a puddle here in the chair and the computer is ready to blow.