|obedient plant and Princess Elizabeth rose|
Since this photo was taken, we've removed the farthest piece of fence and taken out the grass you can see and dug a new bed extending along the old fence. It opens the area up but still allows for (what will be) a rose garden.
|Princess Elizabeth floribunda rose|
So far I've got a David Austen rose, a couple of floribundas and a climbing rose (Don Juan). Right now the only one blooming is the Princess Elizabeth. Nestled in with the purple obedient plant, it's putting on one last show. I've been disappointed with my roses this year. But as Tracie reminded me the other day, I shouldn't expect too much from them the first year. Thanks Tracie. That really did make me feel a lot better.
|Buddliea purple emperor|
After a slow start, the morning glories have finally starting putting on a show. I took a packet of seeds and threw them in under this trellised partition on the side of the patio - it hides the air conditioner from view. Love the pink colouring, although I must admit I thought they were going to be blue. It's a happy mistake. I'll gather some of the seeds and start them indoors next year so we don't to wait until the end of the summer for this show.
Autumn is starting to show up in my garden with touches of colour that tell me that the cooler nights are here to stay. The chrysanthemums are budding, the viburnum berries are turning, the sedum is colouring up and even the dogwood has some red leaves. It won't be long before the maples start turning. Slow down, Mother Nature. I'm not ready.
And I'll leave you on my tip for the week. It's not pretty but does the job. To kill off grass in an area so that you can dig a new garden, lay a black garbage bag over the area. Leave it for a few weeks, uncover and dig. The grass below will have died off due to lack of light.
Told you it wasn't pretty. But it has to be done. Have a great weekend.