|~ loganberries ~|
But there are many things in the gardens that take care of themselves & provide no matter how little attention you give them.
The loganberries are just one of such pleasant bounties I can count on. As you can see in the photo, they are a very large berry - how could you not love having something like that in the gardens producing for you? Well, other than the fact that they have thorns everywhere - on the canes, on the underside of the leaves & I had to prune back the plants just to get to the fruit! They grow very much like blackberries & will take over your yard if you aren't careful! The nice thing is the deer leave them alone...
|~ crocosmia ~|
|~ hydrangea ~|
|~ hydrangea ~|
|~ calendula ~|
All my calendula this year are orange. They are also all self-seeded plants, so I'm not complaining too loudly (other than they have total control of one of my veggie beds...). They will keep blooming all season as long as you regularly dead-head them. And dead-head them down the stem til the next emerging bloom - don't just rip off the spent flowers or you'll have long, scraggly stems that can't support themselves.
|~ moth mullein ~|
|~ borage ~|
The borage plants are still producing - again, they have all self-seeded & have taken over one of my veggie beds. I spent years looking for seeds & now they are doing their own thing each year - showing up in unexpected places & keeping the bees very happy. I get to enjoy the flowers in my salads & the occasional small leaf (which tastes like cucumbers). I haven't been very attentive on collecting the seeds this year to move them to a more appropriate home, so maybe next year I'll try transplanting the new little plants as soon as they emerge - although I know they don't take well to being moved.
|~ chives ~|
Chives are a very hardy plant too. I can't keep up with all my plants (additions to salads or potatoes) so I end up cutting back each plant on an alternating basis so that I always have fresh chives & the gardens don't look completely bare. I think I have about 6 or so clumps currently growing. I should divide them up & share them around the community!!
|~ gladiola ~|
One year I planted gladiola bulbs & had an amazing show of tall, frilly flowers. Than I read I had to dig them up each fall because they don't like to be frozen or to drown in the winter rains. That was the end of my gladiola affair. I chose to leave half the bulbs in the ground & the others I brought inside to plant out the following spring. Neither did very well for blooming that following fall. But there are a few out there still holding on for dear life & they bloom about this time for me - some times I even get a surprise one blooming in the middle of September! Now, if they were only a colour other than corally pink...
|~ bush beans ~|
|~ cilantro ~|
I was tossing seeds out like crazy very late in the season & only just remembered that this clump is cilantro - well, now it will be coriander since it's gone to flower & will produce seeds soon. You know those gardeners who have lots but don't eat most of it - I have turned into one of those people when it comes to certain times of the year!! Argh...
|~ peas ~|
The peas are still producing & I'm still eating them & so is the hubby. Thankfully we haven't gotten sick of them - yet. I'm just amazed that the deer haven't eaten them too!
|~ scarlet runner beans ~|
I'm growing scarlet runner beans for the first time & am just so pleased to see them in flower!! I won't mind the fact that I'll probably not get to eat any beans this year, but they are growing up the pipes & lines of twine I have provided for them. Next year I'll try a few tricks to give them a better start (pill bug munching again) & maybe I'll have better success. But I do love the flowers & so do the bees.
|~ winter squash ~|
One of my veggie beds is doing quite well & I should take a larger photo of it. The squash have exploded through the fish netting to drape & trail all over the place & invade the lawn. I see many little squash being produced & have my fingers crossed that they'll get larger (considerably as they are only slightly larger than golf balls right now) & that the deer & birds will leave them alone. Maybe it was the addition of a thick layer of Sea Soil that did it for this bed? I am going to have to invest in more next spring for all the other beds....
|~ bergamot ~|
Someone gave me a bergamot plant & I realize that trying to grow these from seed is a study of frustration. Yes, I have a tray of these little seedlings in the greenhouse that are taking forever to grow. They might be ready next spring for transplanting - or they might require another year in the greenhouse!! I really should stop being so thrifty & just buy a couple plants & let them go wild!! This is the red I'm looking for at this time of year & one lonely clump is just so sad...
|~ heather ~|
So, August is nearly done as are the gardens & I've not spent very much time in them or in anyone else's this year. I hope once we get a couple of solid rains in September, things will perk up & freshen the air around. It has been a fabulous berry season - I'm in the middle of salal harvesting & the blackberries are just starting to come along. The loganberries will last another few weeks & then my fall crop of raspberries will come in late September. I know I'll have more time in a couple of weeks to spend time out there & share photos in a slightly less time consuming fashion.
Enjoy the remainder of August!!