Summer has arrived at last. While half of the country has been sweltering and my own sister suffered through the freak Washington DC derecho storm that knocked out her power for two days in the midst, we have had rain and lower than average
Summer weather usually starts here after July 4th and here it is, on schedule, with mid 80s temperatures and sun, sun, sun. My garden has oddly given me some flowers blooming later than usual and some blooming earlier than usual. In my post July 4th summer garden, here are some of the things I have blooming and growing. I think I will show you mostly my reds, since it is heating up here (at least for us)
OK, so the first one is not red. I am very happy that my tomatoes are beginning to set fruit. This is quite a bit earlier than last year. It’s also a mosaic for the Mosaic Monday blog party.
My Red Astilbe has just started blooming. My other astilbe are thinking about blooming snd I hope soon. The others I have are mauve, white and purplish.
I.love my Red Campanula. They start blooming quite awhile after my blue and pink ones. This last week they began.
The Red Hardy Fuschia with Yellow Foliage is a knockout in the garden. I love the contrast of the red flowers against the bright yellow foliage. The previous owner planted these in a spot that gets beating sun in the afternoon. They do quite well despite this. I had had one hardy fuschia in my previous home that seemed to do well in the sun as well.
I have ever expanding Red Cape Fuschia. I love the plant and color of the flowers, but it can meander quite a bit. I will need to start controlling it this fall.
Husker Red Penstemon does not have red flowers, but it Does have beautiful purplish red foliage. This is one of my favorites.
To keep up with the heat, I decided to set my pots up with drip irrigation. I now have my tomatoes and a bunch of stray pots in my back yard and some of my pots in the front yard with drip. This will make it much easier to water my pots on those hot day. I can now just attach my hose and turn on the water for a few minutes and I am done with this task. Plus I make sure none get missed, which has happened before.
I also got a fabric soaker hose for my volcano strip, which I like very much. I like it a lot better than the rubber ones which fall apart. However, I see that this one could come apart at the seams. So I guess nothing is foolproof.
But getting back to my Reds:
Several of my Daylilies are either red or maroon. This is one.
I.love my pastel Red Dahlia (otherwise known as pink) with this gorgeous reddish center puff.
And here is the other pink Dahlia that I have blooming. More and more of my dahlias are blooming now. Another one that I think is red and yellow is getting very fat buds.
The Pink Phlox is blooming. My three other varieties are not yet ready, but they put on a show and are wonderfully fragrant.
And the icing on the cake is my Red Crocosmia Lucifer, which is showing very fat buds here. This morning three of the blooms opened up. Soon the hummingbirds will start fighting over the flowers. Part of my annual Hummingbird Wars.
Hope you have enjoyed my little tour of the Reds in my garden. And hope that you are all managing to stay as cool as you can in the hot Midwest and East Coast. Right now I’m hiding from the heat. I overdid it a little yesterday.