The backyard is getting a bit dried out now, and we're not expected to get any rain for another week yet. The grass is becoming a bit worn looking, but the flowers seem to be doing great. I have a walled garden around my patio, and the flowers in there are always changing. My springtime columbines start here, and now the late summer bloomers are coming out.
I love the balloon flower. The colour isn't showing up so great in these photos, but in the evening light they almost appear to glow a periwinkle blue.
The bees crawl right inside the flowers.
These balloon flowers never fully open, and just 'deflate' as the flowers die. I keep deadheading them and they continue to bloom into September. I saw some in the gardening store last year, but the petals of their plants were all opened up and looked like stars. Not sure why mine keep closed, but it like that they do ... adds to their interest.
I grew some zinnias from seed for my husband this year. It took a while for the plants to get going (because I left the planting so late), but they look great now ... so tall!
I'll definitely plant these seeds again, but maybe with a variety of colour (I think they come in different colours).
If you just stand on your tippy toes and peak over the zinnias and tall grass, you'll catch a glimpse of my son's new fish in his pond.
One of the neighbours on my son's paper route has a larger pond in his front yard, and my son and this guy have been discussing ponds for a while now. We took a couple of peoples' advice and installed a UV light to kill bacteria in the pond, and it is the best suggestion. The water has been crystal clear since we installed it. A couple of weeks ago, the same neighbour offered my son some fish from his pond. He said they're a cross between goldfish and coy. My son jumped at the chance. So now we have two shubunkins and four mini coy.
Last summer I planted love-lies-bleeding around the pond, and it grew to a great height, and all the fancy flower "tails" hung over the little pond. It looked so cool that I planted the seeds again this year. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a seed packet in the gardening store, so I used the leftover seeds from last year. Only one plant grew to maturity. Oddly enough, I got two tomato plants growing in the pots with the love-lies-bleeding. I've never planted tomatoes before (allergic to them), so I don't know where they came from. My son isn't too pleased that one of the tomato plants has grown huge and hangs over his waterfall.
|Love-lies-bleeding one week ago|
| The same flower today.|
The grasses around the pond that we planted this summer are doing so well, that I may not plant any flowers on the patio side of the pond next year.
I really like that purple fountain grass on the right :)
I love this little space, and with the bench beside the pond, it's a great place to have my morning tea, listen to the gurgling waterfall and admire the fish flitting through the sun's rays.
This is the view of my patio as you come out the back door ... (the pond is on the other side of the garden (where you can see the fence) ...
Two weeks ago I left the umbrella open during a windy day. The wind caught the umbrella and lifted the table up and when it landed, the entire glass top smashed on the patio in a perfect rectangle. The table you see here is a temporary replacement (our other table was larger and taller). Hopefully we'll be able to find one on sale in the next week or two as I had picked up this green table for my daughter to take to her rental house for university (I got it for free on the roadside!).
Off the back of the patio to the right, there is a little step to the back gate.
There used to be cedars struggling to survive in this shady spot where the lattice is now. My son and I chopped down the trees two years ago, laid bark nuggets on the bare dirt (not even grass will grow under the bush hanging over the step), and lined the patio stones with rocks collected here there and everywhere. The shade is so dense here, that I've had trouble finding a plant that does well. I had begonias in the pots last year and they did well, but this year all of them got some sort of mold on them and I pulled out most of them. I'd like to get some light-weight vine covering that lattice, but can't think what would do well.
We transplanted ferns (above) from my mom's garden along the far side of the bark nuggets, and laid down stepping stones that we had made for my parents years ago. It looks so nice in the morning when the sun is shining through the ferns. The ferns have taken off in this spot, and my son and I are so pleased with the results (removing the trees and putting the bark down also cut down on mosquitoes).
Earlier this summer I planted some morning glory seeds along this fence. The rascally rabbit got into them once, but after I painted the leaves with "Skoot", they were left alone. Look at these luscious vines that I've been rewarded with!
I also thought this handy reptile might keep the rabbit out of the garden too ....
The Deadly Dollar Store Rubber Snake :) I hate snakes, so this made me fairly jump out of my skin the first few times I walked back there when I forgot I had put it there myself! Did it fool you?
I have another vine growing up the bird feeder. I usually don't feed birds in the summer following my mom's example. However, I don't see many of the nice birds in my yard when the feeder is empty all summer. The birds will be starting their migrations this month, so I think I'll fill them up to help my feathered friends on their long journey. The birdbath is filled daily, and the birds do come to use that every day, they just don't linger as long as I would like.
And now the morning glories are starting to bloom! These are "Heavenly Blue" and they are a big favourite of mine :)
Look! They really are the same colour as the heavens!
Another of my favourite late summer flowers are the black-eyed Susans. I have a good supply of them, and try to spread them around a bit more every year.
They look great with the purple butterfly bush.
Another late bloomer are the turtlehead flowers. Their buds have been developing and will be blooming before the end of the month. They do really well here too, and don't seem to suffer from disease, so I should really transplant some to new locations in the yard as they're getting a bit crowded here.
The butterfly bush is having a fabulous year, and with deadheading the blossoms every day, I've had non-stop blooms since it started in early summer!
The butterflies have been coming to it, along with the hummingbirds. Haven't been able to capture the hummingbirds on camera yet however.
|Two butterflies in this shot.|
The hens and chicks are still surviving on the rock in the garden :)
And that's about it. I've had quite a lot mold through some of my flowers this year, which I've never had before. And my lovely garden phlox never came fully into bloom when they did so well last year. I lost all my impatients to something that made them disintegrate, and wonder if the abundant hostas are playing host to some snails or grubs. I think I'll be cutting hostas well back next year and see if that helps.
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