After last week's record breaking temperatures (we spent four days in a row hitting 100 degrees!) I'm glad to report that we are back into the more normal range of upper 80's and low 90's. It really makes a huge difference, believe it or not. Tuesday I hope to spend a good deal of time in the Garden weeding, mulching, and, of course, watering-the heat may be gone, but the drought continues.
Here are some pictures of the Shade Garden I took on Sunday. As I said, this is one of my current favorite areas of the Garden. It is really beginning to take shape!
|The Canadian wild ginger continues to grow nicely. A lot of weeding needs to be done in this bed.|
|The final hellebore is finally planted and thankfully growing quite well.|
|I don't believe I've ever needed to water hostas before. Hopefully they will begin to bounce back.|
|The new tree peony is still looking good.|
|As is the Solomon's Seal. With all these new plantings, water has been as important here as it has been in the Kitchen Garden.|
|One of three clearance astilbe. These are all pink, although the flowers were already faded when I bought them for $2 each.|
|A newly planted (and new to the Garden) Brunnera. It gets pretty, blue, Forget-Me-Not-like flowers in the Spring, and it's leaves add some more texture to the Shade Garden.|
|My formerly lanky cut-leaf philodendron is VERY happy living in the Shade Garden this summer. So much new growth is wonderful!|
|A mystery hosta. I have it's name somewhere...|
|Another of the clearance astilbe. This one with some rather stunted blooms.|
|I've also put a couple of my "fancy" geraniums in the Shade Garden, where they seem to be thriving.|
|Impatiens...the old Shade Garden stand-by.|
|And here is a newly planted climbing hydrangea. I was worried that perhaps it would damage the old locust tree, but on Martha's blog (image 9) she shows a lot of her trees completely covered with climbing hydrangeas, and I'm pretty sure she's not looking to kill any of her old growth trees. I can't wait until it scrambles up the tree, covering the trunk.|