I did a bit of a walk about with camera yesterday to document the first of August and here are a few things that caught my eye...
Love this shade border next to our garden shed. This garden is planted primarily for foliage interest and I love its simplicity, ease of care and ability to look good in all seasons.
A view of the Sundial and Terrace Gardens. The Hydrangea Petolaris has begun to climb the left oak tree. Wonder if it will ever aquire the size of the vine on the right tree....
Endless Summer Hydrangea is still looing good. This is the original shrub I planted years ago when this was a new cultivar and it has bloomed reliably for me in this garden for years. I liked it so well I planted two others in a couple other locations a few years later and they have never bloomed well for me. I'm thinking they just aren't the same plant as this original. Several friends also have 'Endless Summer' that don't bloom for them.
A wide angle view of the back yard. Believe it or not, I occasionally sit and contemplate things from that chair.
The Sundial Garden from the dining room windows. The annuals at the base of the bird house are in a large container. I moved it there after the lilies finished blooming.
A shady corner brightened with begonias, impatiens, neoregelias and fuchsia. The beautiful Japanese Painted Fern was a gift from my friend Sue and I still haven't decided it's final location in the gardens so it's spending it's summer in the west container border.
Patio containers are providing a lot of color right now and will continue to get bigger and better until frost.
A corner with a young Alocasia plumbea 'Nigra' and A. portodora along with a Colocasia 'Elena' and Banana
A Phlox paniculata seedling that appeared a couple years ago. It's taller than I want here but I might keep it anyway as the soft lavender and white is really pretty and looks good with the sedum.
OK enough of this rambling, It's time for me to get outside and water the containers.. Supposed to be another hot one today approaching 90 with high humidity....