Well the forecast looks like summer is over...very disappointing, but as I look out the window to see the gray sky and the trees blowing around in the wind, reality is sinking in. Yesterday the hubby and I made the rounds to some of the nurseries to see what they were starting to put on sale. I picked up a few things. I also had a few plants I had picked up during the few days of heat off the sale rack that I had been nursing back to health that hadn't been planted. Then my dad, who works at one of the wholesale nurseries had brought me a few plants. The company had a pot out front which they wanted to get rid of and they were just going to compost the plants. So my dad went and saved them all. He kept some, and gave me some. I got about 10 huecheras out of the deal, which isn't bad. It is so nice he works at the nursery. Last year I got a lot of stuff from him. This year they just bought a house is NO landscaping, so most of the plants have been going into their yard, which is ok with me. Their yard is really starting to come around, but of course my dad is a master gardener and my mom always had great gardens as I was growing up, so it really is no surprise.
So all of my purchases from yesterday, the stuff I had been nursing and the stuff my dad brought me got planted yesterday. We are looking at 4 days of rain in the mid 60s and the extended forecast doesn't look any better, so time to start adding plants and letting mother nature rehab them. I also will probably start dividing and moving the plants which are done blooming...all the normal fall activities...even though we still have a month of summer left...sigh...
I get up before the crack of dawn...I am up at 4:00 am...and earlier this summer it was so nice to have the first light of the day about the time I was out walking the dog. I am now back to having to take a flashlight with me in the morning, it is way too dark. It has been such a weird summer, other than the length of the day you would hardly know it was summer instead of spring. I think we have only had about 10 days over 75 this summer...which is odd...
Thankfully the other side of the mountain has been warmer and they are saying we are going to have close to a record crop of apples. It really is nice to go to the fruit stands, all the fresh fruit is starting to be available. It really is interesting how different weather makes a difference to different fruit.
Since the weather has been cool I have been adding plants all summer and hardly had to water. I really am hoping for more days of summer...it would be really nice. I have so many things i would love to do in the garden, weather permitting of course. Although I have been known to be out in the garden in the pouring rain because things needed to be done...not on the top of my list, but sometimes you have to work with what mother nature gives you.
So this afternoon we had another nice day...our one of only a dozen nice days this summer. So I decided to wander through the garden with the camera. Some new flowers are blooming and some are done and their seed pods are now adding interest.
Here's Cephalanhus occidentalis Sputnik in bloom.
Here's Clemantis after they bloomed.
Here's nigella damascena seed pods.
It is always nice when your plants can give you interest in every stage of its cycle. It really is amazing to see the transformation of the plants and the garden throughout the year. Mother nature always seems to amaze.