The Garden of Live Flowers

Tales of the bintgoddess and her zone 5b garden in Chicago, Illinois

Sunday, August 17, 2008

August is the garden's best month

My field work is DONE. You can't imagine how happy this makes me! Now I can get back into the garden, which has been sadly neglected for two seasons. The wayback is a lost cause, so overrun with foxtail grass and milkweed that I can barely get back there, much less separate the weedy from the wanted. I think winter is the time to deal with that!

I bought some new things today: Echinacea 'Sunset' (orange coneflower), Rudbeckia hirta 'Goldsturm' (black-eyed Susan), Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips' (turtlehead), and Liatris spicata 'Kobold' in the north garden (filling in gaps where things died last winter); Gaura lindheimeri 'Siskiyou Pink' in the patio garden; and Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' (bugloss) in the front garden.


Garage garden: phlox, coneflowers, black-eyed Susans, Heliopsis, Veronica, and hyssop (Agastache) in bloom. Tallish shrub near the foreground is my darling witch-hazel, finally rising above the other plants.

Coreopsis subtomentosa

Hibiscus syriacus, Rose of Sharon, a shrub that every year is half-dead and half gloriously in flower. I've learned not to take it personally.

The wayback garden - bring your machete

Hello, Mr. Spider - You may eat all the bugs you like but if you venture into the house, all bets are off