If I had to pick one word to describe my own garden right now, I would say "neglected". We have had significant rainfall in the past month and a half, so I have not had to water anything but my containers. However, all that moisture has caused many of my plants to put on some rank growth, and let's not mention what it has done for the weeds. Having been so distracted lately, I am looking forward to spending some quality time in my garden.
Despite my inattention, several things are blooming, like this Cestrum aurantiaum 'Orange Zest', which has been blooming all summer.
Even if the hardy begonia (Begonia grandis) never bloomed, I would grow it just for the foliage and because it does so well in shade, but the flowers are indeed nice.
This week my Fireworks golden rod (Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks') just started to color up, attracting the attention of some neighbors.
Also just cracking color, with much more on the way, is my Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucantha). I am hoping it and the beautyberry planted behind it will make a nice combo.
I am attributing the bumper crop of hardy oranges (Poncirus trifoliata) to the mild winter and abundant summer rains. I have had to limb it up twice so no one gets impaled or loses an eye.
I know I have planted many spider lilies (Lycoris radiata), but this is the only one to bloom this year. Does anyone know if squirrels are an issue with this bulb?
Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol of May Dreams Gardens, and you can visit her blog for a tour of what's blooming around the world.