This weekend we finally got a little bit of a break from the heat and humidity so I was able to get out and transplant some more clearance perennials and hand-me-downs from my folks.
I started by clearing out the last section of this area next to the garage, which was full of crab grass and other weeds (speaking of, the Lamb’s Quarters has been ridiculous this year! It must love the heat). I yanked those out and put in some Coreopsis, Speedwell, Guara, Pachysandra, Lamium, and Vinca. I’m really just trying to get the area covered right now so that it will help keep weeds out. The gnats were THE WORST so I only stayed out as long as I needed to. There’s still some Wisteria popping up in this area but I didn’t take the time to do a good removal job – I just yanked what I could get. Maybe when it’s less horrible outside I can do a better job – I’m sure I will when, eventually, I am moving plants around.
The area this section continues into is looking pretty decent, actually:
Aside from the big sprawl of crab grass I need to yank out of the Alyssum, this area is looking pretty okay:
And the Alyssum and Hostas on the other side of the garage are looking pretty darn good considering I seeded and transplanted them all this season:
Some Candytuft flowers are beginning to poke through the Alyssum in this area:
And the Dill I seeded nearer the side of the garage is sprouting! Not sure I’ll get much usable this year, but next year hopefully it will come back:
Other areas of the yard are coming along, though due to heat and weeds things are definitely not looking as good as I wish they were. Please try to ignore the horrible crabgrass sprawling everywhere around everything!
The Moonflowers are starting to grow up my improvised triangular trellis:
The Morning Glories and Zinnias around the birdbath are coming up:
I know that Morning Glories will want to be taller than this, but frankly I’m fine with just the foliage at this point.
The shrub rose out front has been reblooming again!
I just love how unstoppable this thing is.
Despite being set upon by Japanese Beetles, the Zinnias along the front walkway are blooming pretty nicely!
At least on the east side of the walkway. The west side must not have gotten as many seeds:
I am so looking forward to cooler temperatures as we get into fall. I would love to spend a lot more time out in the garden than I’ve been able to – I just can’t take the heat!
smartlyheated.com helped me a lot!