How’s your summer going? Are you getting rained out or stuck inside due to high temperatures like those of you in the South? Honestly here in Southern Ontario, we’ve had a string of gorgeous days and cooler evenings (perfect for sleeping). Add a bit of rain every week and it’s been a pretty good summer. And the gardens are showing this wonderful weather – the grass is still green! Something which is unheard of in mid-July. This week’s garden update is all about pinks and reds which seem to be dominating my garden right now. So won’t you join us on this week’s What’s Blooming This Week Garden Party.
As I said, red and pink seems to be the strong colour right now in the garden. Which is a complete surprise as it’s day lily season around here.
Bee balm (monarda), phlox and astilbe are the predominant flowers this week in the little bed beside the arbour bordering the vegetable garden. The last of the pink roses adds some much needs coolness to this hot coloured bed.
Even the astilbe “amethyst” is screaming colour! colour! colour! All my other astilbes are in the shade of the maple trees and don’t bloom as prolifically or as vibrantly as this plant does. Goes to show you that even if a plant is “shade tolerant”, a bit of sun can help it reach it’s potential. This bed gets sun most of the day until late afternoon when it’s shaded by the garage.
The purply pink of a traditional coneflower (echinacea) adds some much needed coolness to this bed too. I like some reds and hot pinks in a garden, but think adding some softer colours like this help balance the intensity.
There’s even some pink in the vegetable garden. These French beans are just coming into bloom and the whole plant is covered in these sweet pink blossoms. Once the eggplant is blooming with it’s purple flowers, it will have a pinky friend.
Even the secret garden is filled with reds this time of year as the deep colour of the day lilies are the star of this show. This bed is usually dominated by the yellow heliopsis you see in the background. But I thinned them out quite a bit this year so that there was room for other things to grow. The “diablo” nine bark in the background is adding some maroon to the bed. It’s a hectic, hot, sunny spot. But because it’s hidden from the remaining gardens, I can play with colour here a lot.
This red daylily is part of a trio of red/rust/pink day lilies in the secret garden. It’s putting on quite a show right now with it’s sunny yellow centre and ruffled petals.
My favourite day lily of all is this “summer wine” – look at those ruffly petals and deep burgundy colour!!! She says “come and look at me” for about 3 weeks before settling into dormancy for the remainder of the year.
In sharp contrast to the vibrancy of “summer wine” is this lemon yellow day lily in the main perennial border. It’s beautiful delicate petals almost look like it’s a different flower. That’s one of the things I love about day lilies – so many shapes, sizes and colours!
Now onto this week’s garden party!! What’s Blooming This Week in Your Garden: Is it a sea of reds and pinks or a garden decor piece you’ve added recently. Link up any garden related post – a recipe made from fresh ingredients, flowers, projects & tips are all welcome.
Last week’s featured post is from Linda at Creataerie with her lovely poppies.
Aren’t they beautiful? Head over to see what else Linda has growing in her garden. You have to check out her water lotus too!
Thank you to all of you have linked up in the past little while and for sharing this little party with your friends on social media!!