Finding myself in the middle of August I am wondering where our summer has gone. I know according to the calendar and certainly the weather we are in the throws of summer but my kids are back to school already and all our summer fun is a distant memory. So it is back to the grind (ugh!) but this also means that I get to spend a little more time in the garden.
My pass along Canna is starting to bud and is a favorite spot for the katydid. Can you see it hanging out between the buds?
The milkweed is continuing to bloom and the butterflies are thankful. I was recently learned that butterflies do not reproduce when it is too hot. This certainly explains why I am seeing fewer butterflies this summer.
The two beauty berry shrubs in my garden are both producing berries already! A sign that autumn is just around the corner?
The Early Amethyst (Callicarpa dichotoma)
This sedum is a fabulous performer and is just starting to bloom. The green blooms will turn pink in the fall. I had three plants, two feel prey to the voles but I rescued them just in time to root the stems that were left behind. They are thriving on the back deck and waiting to be replanted this fall (with vole proofing). I don't know why the voles didn't touch this one.
Autumn Fire Sedum
The Russian Sage has been a constant bloomer and the bees are on it from dawn to dusk.
This salvia greggii 'Navajo Rose' has been a favorite of the hummingbirds
The annuals are providing much needed color in the garden.
There are still some surprises in the vegetable garden. The last of the fruit and vegetables are producing before the fall garden goes in.
Today, I am joining May Dreams Gardens for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. Pop on over to to take a trip around the bloggasphere to see all the August blooms.