Yesterday I saw my first Ruby-throated Hummingbird that stayed around long enough for photos. We've seen quite a few that dashed past, perhaps stopping for an instant, but none have stayed to feed, even though we had a Hummingbird feeder up for a couple of months. But now that the first bloom on our Butterfly Bush has emerged, there it was, hovering up and down to visit for several minutes.
Monday, August 10, 2020
Regardless of their interesting flowers, Hostas, big and small, are the backbone of our garden all summer long. We had over 300 at our former home, but only brought 'a few' here, about 50 or 60. Digging them all up was one of the last really physical tasks I did before ending up in a wheelchair! With their widely varying leaves they're best known just for their foliage.
Sunday, August 9, 2020
The other big group of flowers we've seen in the garden over the past month have been the Hostas. We have a lot, and there always seem to be several in flower, though we're down to the last 5 or 6 now. Personally I favour the smaller Hostas like those in the scree garden at the front door, perhaps because I can get really close to photograph them
Still it's the small ones out front that are my favourites.
Saturday, August 8, 2020
I'm trying to get caught up showing you the plants blooming in our garden, in between the other things I write about. I've almost missed the Clematis season, though there are still a few blooms out there. We have 8 Clematis plants altogether, but two bloom in spring, and I'll share 4 of the others with you which are still in bloom a bit now.
Friday, August 7, 2020
The Day Lilies have been blooming the past couple of weeks, and are nearing the end of their flowering season all too fast. They're so bright and colourful, they're really a highlight at this time of year. And they were the undisputed star of our former garden.
If not for that swale beside the house you'd probably have seen a lot more Day Lily pictures the past two weeks!
I complement these pictures with memories of the large patches in our former garden where the Day Lilies (and the False Sunflowers here) grew in profusion! Have a great weekend!
Thursday, August 6, 2020
They are at the height of the harvest for the crops they choose to grow, and we took advantage of it.