Touring the Garden in Mid Summer

This is the time of year that the heat really pours on around here, and we will not likely see a drop of rain for a very long time. It’s a stressful time for the garden and the gardener. Many gardeners feel that that this time of the gardening  season is the worst for their gardens, many blooms have come and gone  and those in bloom are fighting the harsh elements.  I tend to agree as this is not my favorite part of the season either, however the garden is still beautiful. If I remember correctly, my code of gardening stated we are not to be so critical of ourselves or our gardens.

This path is still colourful with Nepeta, Yarrow, Salvia and bright yellow Coreopsis. All have been blooming for several weeks and will continue to do so.

Sensible Gardening and Living
Sensible Gardening and Living

This area of the garden is named after my grown son Nolan as years ago he  prepared and planted the first flower in it. It’s colorful now with self seeding Rudbeckia, along with Daylilies and  Baby’s Breath. As you can see I garden with all drought tolerant plants as we live in a semi desert area.

Sensible Gardening and Living
Sensible Gardening and Living

I take very little credit for this area. My husband built and maintains our garden pond, he even talks to his fish.  I care for the surrounding plants in the rock and scree gardens but find those areas to be very undemanding.

Pond / Sensible gardening and Living
Pond / Sensible gardening and Living

The front gardens are hot and dry beyond belief  and  I use rock and decorative gravel to help keep it interesting. I have several large containers throughout this area as well to keep a little colour going with annuals. California Poppies and Blue Flax bloom on and off all summer. The fall will be taken over with large sedums and ripening grasses.

California Poppies / Sensible Gardening and Living
California Poppies / Sensible Gardening and Living

I like to place a little garden art throughout the garden (not too much) and my favorite is the statue of Saint Francis. He nicely tucks into a little shade under a golden Ninebark and Sweet Autumn Clematis which will bloom white in the fall.

Saint Francis / Sensible Gardening and Living
Saint Francis / Sensible Gardening and Living

I don’t grow a lot of roses as we simply have too many deer roaming the property, but in the protected area out back with the daylilies we have a few climbers on the fence.

Rose / Sensible Gardening and Living
Rose / Sensible Gardening and Living

My husband has an apiary where he breeds bees and collects the most amazing honey. The apiary is a short distance from the house gardens so I garden with lots of little friends. I also plan my garden around them so they have lots to eat.

Apiary / Sensible Gardening and Living
Apiary / Sensible Gardening and Living

 

With very little shade  in the gardens I take advantage of wherever it is.  This is a small sitting area under the tree which I need to learn to use more often. I believe that is also in my code of gardening. Behind the fence we grow raspberries and grapes.

Sensible Gardening and Living
Sensible Gardening and Living

Thanks for joining me and I hope you enjoyed the tour. I plan to take another in the fall.

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