Take a walk with me today. As I show you my very wet, subtropical garden, you’ll notice the overgrown shrubs and plants that have been thriving this summer. The top photo highlights gingers covering a camellia and some azaleas. Of course, they’ll die back after the first frost, but for now, I love the layered textures of green.
The southwest corner still has a bit of color, but the shrubs need a good trim, and the beds need to be tidied up. I often enjoy a morning cup of tea down there if it isn’t raining.
I thinned out these elephant ears in the spring, but I can’t tell it helped. I need to be more ruthless when I do it next time. The fence keeps the jungle at bay. Well, sort of. The back, unused half-acre of our property is mainly a habitat for birds and small wild creatures who venture into the yard at night.
The southeast corner needs so much work. I usually keep the clerodendrum weeded out, but I wanted to see the displays of big gaudy pink flower heads this year. These plants are now over five feet tall and are taking over the beds. I’m watching the buds that will bloom pretty soon into late fall, but once they finish, out they go. They’re prolific spreaders.
I love sitting in this little corner too. It used to be more private when we had a double wooden gate here. But the gate was too heavy for the posts and hinges, so we replaced it with a lighter chain link several years ago. I’ve spruced up this area with several containers filled with impatience, angelonia, begonias, and caladiums. Now that much of the other summer color has faded, this spot keeps on blooming.
Finally, my bleeding heart vine has put out abundant foliage this season. It is usually covered in buds by now, but I don’t see any yet. I haven’t done anything differently, so I don’t know what the problem might be. Maybe it needs a bit of phosphorous, or perhaps it’s just my impatience.
That’s it for now. Thanks for walking around with me today. August seems to go on forever. Aren’t you ready for some fall weather? I am.