Someone flipped the ‘rain’ switch to ‘sun’ (happens every July here) and now it’s summer with quite lovely bright days–not too hot– and starry, cool nights.
The jasmines are blooming.
This one is common jasmine (Jasminum officinale)–You may remember the simple bamboo support I made for it last spring. It’s growing and vining and blooming in the most delicate, lush and fragrant way imaginable and difficult to capture with my little camera. (It deserves a wide screen in a movie theater.)
The Star Jasmine is blooming this year too, even though some unorganized gardener has placed it in mostly shade on the west end of her greenhouse.
The Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ is better every year– a nice development in any pleasant aspect of life.
I grew the annual Bachelor Buttons, or Cornflower, again this year. I had the idea that one must stake up these tall plants but of course I mostly failed in this regard, which was just so lucky, because now I see the trick of letting them fall over so they send up shoots of bloom all along the horizontal stem.
This Nicotiana sylvestris plant volunteers every year. Mr. O and also hummingbirds quite like it so it is permitted space even though the flowers are strange but at least not hot pink.
Which brings me to the next plant, which I will confess I grow almost entirely for the cute name: Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate (Polygonum orientale). Because of course the blooms are that pink which I don’t really like, and I don’t even have a properly oriented fence for growing it over, but the hummingbirds like this one a lot and it doesn’t need staking so I forgive the color.
The Bluebells of Scotland (Campanula rotundifolia) are happy in most any light and among most any other supportive plants.
You may want to stop reading now. Because today I am relenting and allowing Tillie to answer some emails which inexplicably arrived asking her advice about garden issues. (What were they thinking?) So as I said you may want to just stop here and go load the dishwasher or walk the cat or do something else that is useful…
because not everything can be fun, buster.
I have a very smart dog who helps me in the garden. I taught him to dig up weeds in the flower beds so that now he takes care of all the weeding for me. But the other day he dug up a yucca plant my wife had planted. I think he thought it was a weed since it’s so ugly but she says the dog is stupid and needs to go. What do you think?
–Love my Dog
Dear Love Your Dog,
The woman is stupid and needs to go.
The house next door just sold and the new neighbors have parked an old red 1936 Ford pickup in their driveway just behind my exquisite purple and yellow perennial border. I break down in tears each time I think of this ensemble of mismatched color, not to mention the dents, and the garden tour is on Saturday! Please advise.
Calm down. Just get those flowers out of there fast.
How did they get dented anyway?
An odd rosebush (blue flowers) volunteered in my garden, and has been blooming constantly for two years straight. The neighbor women are calling me a witch, which is awkward at church. Help.
–Too Many Blooms
Apply for a patent, and don’t forget my percentage when the profits roll in.