And so the train has pulled up to August.
It’s a hot place.
The clay ground has gone hard. It’s been hot forever and there are forest fires in the state so maybe that contributes to hazy skies.
I keep watering the vegetables and flowers and so far things are doing okay except for the ones that wilt every single day no matter what.
The image above is a double-file Viburnum (V. plicatum tormentosum “Maresii”). They are said to desire full sun to part shade but that appears to be a lie. This plant is well mulched and gets about two hours of afternoon sun and I water it daily and still it wilts each and every afternoon and I think I hear it making moaning sounds too but I’m not sure. (This may be the “tormentosum” part.)
I do love these shrubs when they bloom and are happy so I have managed to propagate several of them. But now I find they only like morning sun and really if I ever build a house I’m going to make it long and skinny and just garden on the east side. (See the helpful and expensive professional landscape-architect’s visual aid below.)
Which is to hint to you that my best gardening success, at least in August, occurs on the east side of the house.
Here for example is where I grow many of Francine’s favorite flowers, like the infamous crocosmia above, and as you know Francine is an extremely discerning hummingbird. (Yes Francine has returned to the garden here but so far she has not posed for any pictures.––something about paparazzi and getting a lawyer so I’m leaving her some space.)
The Delpinium belladonna moved to the Desirable East Side this spring, coming from a rundown tenement in the south. (That interesting foggy effect in the image just chose to happen. I don’t know how to do it intentionally.)
I had tried growing Verbena bonariensis (above) in two other locations in two other years but it was a hopeless disappointment until it got to the head of the line for space with morning sun and now it’s all blooms and butterflies and I am seduced––it will be grown always.
In other news, you may recall that I have on occasion been sunflower challenged and I just wanted you to know that this year I had some success.
Although my sunflower looked better earlier…
I have a volunteer in the vegetable garden.
It is either a furry hand grenade (unlikely I suppose) or some kind of tiny beginning of a melon. I am hoping for cantaloupe although the stripes are suggestive of watermelon. These little fruitettes are growing fast but maybe not as quickly as the earth is moving us toward winter––it will be a race so let me know if you want to place bets.
Max agrees with the plants that the morning sun is just the best.