feels more like August. I know, I know, we're only 3 days in but with temperatures in the mid 80's it's hard to believe the calendar. Even tho I'd rather pretend it's going to be Indian summer until December, I'm realistic enough to proceed with the season. Mums have been added to the tall urns at the end of the yew allee:
White rope lights were also added on either side of the yew pathway to illuminate it at night. It looks like a runway out there after dark!
Pumpkins have been scattered hither & yon:
and phase II of the back garden redesign has commenced! The first part of this phase is adding more raised bed area to the north side of the yard.
You can see a bit of exposed soil on the right side of the above photo. Someone besides me is excited by the excavating ~ our Lhasa, Butterball! I caught him jumping out of the newly dug bed:
After he landed he stopped and looked at me as if to say "Who me?? I would never get in there!!"
Ha! We know better, don't we?!!! :-)
As you also know, the garden is full of surprises ~ today it was a primula bloom I would never have dreamed possible:
'Pubescens' blooms in spring but it's never repeated in the fall before. I have no idea why, but beauty of this caliber is not to be questioned!
More expected are aster blooms. Below is Novi Belgii 'Winston Churchill:'
I planted this one in the container (veggie) bed and am lovin' the raspberry pink color.
David Austins 'Abraham Darby' is beginning a third flush of blooms! Bloom on Abe ~ it's a rose that could bloom year 'round and I'd still never tire of it:
If you grow it, you know it smells every bit as delicious as it looks.
A new plant to the garden surprised me pleasantly by blooming non-stop since mid summer ~ Gaura lindheimeri 'Passionate Rainbow:'
I didn't think it could get better until Nicotiana alata 'lime green' took off ~ the combination is really lovely. To think when I bought it, I really didn't care if it bloomed at all ~ I just liked the foliage so much!
The end of the week is supposed to usher in a cool front and some rain. I knew the heat couldn't last but we're trying to enjoy it as much as possible before it ends. The garden has been such a joy this year ~ totally worth all the hard work. The only question I ask myself is "what took so long to do it??!!"