Not only was my knitting a little neglected this summer, the garden was as well. I had enjoyed spring blooms with daffodils, crocus, tulips, and pansies. When they were gone, my rosebushes and day-lilies perked up. Then somewhere along the line, everything stopped blooming, the weeds seemed to invade, and some of my potted plants went crispy in the sun. I suspect this transition began when we were out of town for two weeks in June.
Over the weeks I have slowly been reclaiming the flower beds and am happy to say things are looking lively again.
Since we bought our home in 2008 I have been trying to stock the beds with hard working perennials, based mainly on what I see thriving in neighbor’s gardens. These Black-eyed Susans are new, purchased at the garden center end-of season sale. Now is a great time to stock up on perennials on the cheap. I also picked up a couple conefloweres (Echinacea) at the sale.
My favorite find, however, was a lush little pile of lavender. I have been looking to buy lavender for two summers and could not find it anywhere! I even attempted to grow some from seed last spring, and only have one 2-inch plant to show for it. This is a welcome addition to the garden and is in a pot by the front door.
It’s supposed to be searingly hot here this weekend, so I’m not sure how much time I’ll spend tending to the garden. It’s likely I’ll be inside with my knitting near the air-conditioner. I hope you have a great weekend!