The rose bushes have not gotten as large this summer, but the blooms have been glorious.
The new climbing rose- adore this color!
Another new rose this year and one of my favorites- the black Baccara Rose and deep red with black undertones, velvet petals.
a new lavender color for this year, caught with a few raindrops after a shower.
This is a little garden by the back driveway where I grow squash, cucumbers, cutting flowers and herbs. It is very happy with the cooler temperatures.
Beautiful crookneck squash leaves with many yellow blossoms.
The baby squash are just beginning to grow.
The garden has grown so large, you can no longer see the stepping stones throughout the middle.
Mammoth basil leaves.
Lupines self seeding themselves from last year and are just now popping up between the squash and cucumbers- almost 5 weeks later than last year!
Lettuce- loves the cooler weather!
Nasturtiums- very happy too!
A new herb for me this year- root beer plant with the little yellow flowers.
Dahlias have never performed as well as this year!
Borage flowers- beautiful to garnish salads.
so pretty on watermelon cubes as well!
Tomatoes- so late this year too!
But the plants are huge and have none of the yellowing leaves usually seen by late July!
If they don't start to ripen, I'm thinking there is going to be a lot of
Fried Green Tomatoes in the future.
Clematis- happy happy!
Vines are growing up over the screened porch railing.
Hydrangeas just started to bloom last week. The blooms are bigger than ever!
Love the complexity of this pretty fushcia plant.
White hydrangeas, red fushcia, and purple clematis- love the combination.
The grapevine arch is now covered in the heart shaped vine.
I am so happy that it made it through last winter.
Another new trial plant for this year, one of my favorites, the hollyhock. Famous for hiding outhouses in the south, my grandmother always grew them! I love their blossoms. Definitely a keeper for next year! Hopefully, they will re-seed themselves.
So in general, while the garden is later this year, I seem to have more time to enjoy it.
Usually, July is so hot around here, that plants are looking a bit worn out by now. But not this year.
I am just hoping to have a ripe tomato by the middle of September!