My list of garden chores grows shorter and my plants slowly surrender to winter sleep, tucked into earthen beds under a blanket of leaves. Cool spring rains filled my garden with lush growth that hid black spot and acthracnose. Summer downpours left a pile of rotting plants that would have thrived in our August drought. I ignore the clutter and continue to dance. Happiness settles deep and I can't help but smile. My garden, like my life, isn't perfect but it's mighty fine and that's enough for me.
These are a few of my favorite summer pictures.
My Peggy Martin rose mostly escaped the black spot plague that devastated my other roses.
The Peggy Martin rose is also known as "The Rose That Survived Hurricane Katrina".
'Etoille Violet' clematis and a gourd birdhouse form a local artist
'Baltyk' clematis clambering over my mosaic pot
Lucy in the dog run that circles one of the shade gardens.
Southeastern native, spigelia marylandica
Shasta daisies and self seeded verbena bonariensis
The new front butterfly garden that I always forgot to photograph
The Sunny Side
'Schwellenberg' yarrow by the rain garden.
I doubled the size of the rain garden this fall and ended up moving this yarrow to a drier spot.
Lilies, monarda, and coneflowers in the dogwood garden
Part of the container garden
Bumblebee on the sedum
Words to live by :o)