Many things can be put off. Weeding, for example, can be delayed for weeks without dire consequences, though the longer the delay the greater the likelihood that thousands of seeds will be spread about. The garden demands constant evaluation, when to plant, to weed, or prune for maximum benefit, or often times to minimize troubles.
Ruby Spice clethra flowers sporadically in this dry shaded spot. Certainly, it would prefer moister ground and a bit more sun.
Finally, I can no longer ignore the slow creep of advancing age. The surgeon’s knife dictates a brief interruption (hopefully) to my summer gardening schedule. I am warned that simple tasks, bending to pluck a weed, will be difficult for months. What will become of the garden while I recover? Certainly, that should be the least of my worries. I boast that I will return stronger and more able, but will I, and when?
A Tiger swallowtail feasts on nectar of Joe Pye weed at the edge of the koi pond.
Today, I update photos of the garden in late July, and expect that after a short hiatus I will be back at it, if only to document the garden’s progress through summer into early autumn.
A seedling of Joe Pye weed grows in shallows of the koi pond. As I prepared this photo, one of our resident Northern Brown water snakes splashed below me as it struggled to capture a small fish. Alas, I was too slow to focus, and quickly the snake moved into a dense clump of Pickerel weed in the bog filter area of the pond.
Two Bottlebrush buckeyes inhabit the garden. The first was a seedling that appeared in swampy ground at the rear of the garden. This buckeye was planted in the drier front garden.
Worcester Gold caryopteris flowers earlier in this garden than other Blue Mist shrubs. There is no obvious difference between Worcester Gold and improved cultivars.
Gilt Edge is the earliest of toad lilies to flower in this garden. Most others will begin in late August or into September and continue into October.
One of many crocosmias in the garden.
While Tardiva hydrangea is not as floriferous as newer panicled hydrangea introductions, it is sturdy and dependable through freeze and summer drought.