It has been a raining summer and the mosquitoes are winning the battle. A lot of flowers are blooming in the garden now. If some of the pictures are not the greatest it is because each picture comes with a mosquito bite! The garden has a lot of places where mosquitoes can congregate under a lot of foliage. It doesn’t seem so bad if we walk on a trail somewhere else.
The Joe Pye Weed – Eupatorium ‘Gateway’ – is starting to bloom.
A few pink hydrangea flowers are blooming on our small bush.
Hydrangea arborescens ‘Incrediball.’ I wish I had gotten a hydrangea with smaller blooms that were not so heavy. Last summer I had good luck with drying them, though.
Hydrangea close up.
We have had three Kniphofia – red hot poker flowers this year. Maybe a few more will continue to come… The blue flowers on the left are spike speedwell. The Russian sage is starting to come on strong. On the left is miscanthus ‘morning light’ ornamental grass.
The liatris spicata and the Shasta daisies are blooming at the same time.
Bee visiting liatris spicata – blazing star.
I spent a little time deadheading these mums today. It has been too cold and wet to do it before, so it was a bit of a job. The alyssum reseeds itself every year here and there in the garden. It is easy to pull out wherever I don’t want it.
Swamp milkweed. I tried planting regular milkweed from seed this year, but have not succeeded so far, though I am still trying.
This is the only picture I have of some bee balm that is getting going in our little meadow.
With the rabbits and all the mosquitoes we ended up cutting back some of our little meadow to give some room for a little hickory that a squirrel planted in a good place. We will see if this hickory catches up to the taller bitternut hickory we planted in the front yard.
The first pink zinnia calls to the butterflies.
The dill is flowering. Dill is good food for the black swallowtail caterpillars.
Native and non-native plants: I planted a lot of flowers before thinking about incorporating more native plants into the garden. So I have a mixture of both. Often the native plants really attract the pollinators, though some non-native ornamentals do well, too.
Cooking: My cooking this week included these ingredients from the garden: broccoli, cauliflower, collards, kale, bok choy, onions, red potatoes, small eggplant, parsley, oregano, thyme, a few strawberries and blueberries, and 5 wax beans that the rabbits missed. With all the mosquitoes this year I have not been too upset to have the rabbits eat the pea and bean plants.