I was out shopping and once I hit the tarmac, it felt like I stepped into hot jello and transported into the South! I love weather like this because it isn’t’ all that common on the West coast.
And thank goodness our vegetable garden and purple hydrangea seem to like it too.. in moderation. We really can grow so much here because our temperatures are super mild for the most part. No extremes of either hot nor cold.
We plan to go on vacation soon, so I raise my hand and admit, I didn’t do a whole lot to the yard this summer. I guess I still could, but… I dunno. I don’t know that I want to.
Because upon first glance, despite that the yard is far from pristine perfect for pictures, I am rather liking how the perennials are doing all the talking this year. With little to no fuss.
I like taking my evening coffee outdoors, and just wander the yard. Most of the time I find myself putting the cup down and pulling weeds, but not today. Today I just wanted to appreciate what was there. Naturally.
I seriously do think the secret to the most successful gardens are the types that don’t need much added to look like something. Of course, for those that DO put lots of time into their yards, it most definitely shows.
Here’s my back yard when I really fussed over it one year. The flowerbeds were amazing.
I love how the grapevine took over all on its own. It offers a ton of privacy, and fills up any empty spots in a jiffy. It’s finally starting to climb the ladder arbor too.
Remember this post where I talked about getting a full flowerbed look while doing very little? I mentioned the ‘weeds’ to the right of the galvanized tub, thinking they were flowers.
They are HUGE now! And about to bloom. The flowers look like the tiniest of daisies.
Which promptly closed when I brought my camera out… of course. I’ll try to get out there with a better lens for closeups when they are blooming one day.
This amazing blue hydrangea by the road gets no attention at all. I mean, a light pruning for shape in the fall after the blooms are spent, but that’s it. And look what it does right back.
I cannot wait to dry all the hydrangeas this fall!
The pink bush to the right are miniature roses. That are absolutely so heavy with blooms they are spilling onto the road.
The lavendar looks really pink this year, It’s very pretty and I need to remember to dry some.
And the good ‘ol reliable hostas never cease to amaze me. They will bloom soon too.
I really wish I had time to pamper each and every plant constantly, but… I kinda don’t. I’ve been busy pulling together my key note speech for BlogPodium, submitting some articles for other features, and arranging vacation plans I haven’t blogged about yet.
So I hope you don’t mind this little tour of my not so perfect garden so far this year. Who knows. I may get inclined to go all out and do it up right yet! After our holiday.
Then again, if it weren’t for those every reliable perennials in bloom…
Did you go all out this summer or cut back?