So after my walk, I decided I'd give the cookies a rest and had two delicious pears. Quite wonderful, but not cookies, so much for resisting - I dug out the container from the freezer and ate 2 frozen cookies. A mark of an excellent cookie - it tastes good both frozen and at room temperature.
I was delighted to find a whole flock of these sweet little birds having a field day eating crab grass seed! and Eupatorium rugosum seed. Hard to get their photos as they'd jump onto a stem and it would swing back and forth with their weight. See here how the stem is bent right down.
I'm going to jump around a bit today - this was last week - when there was a big yellow bright object in the sky. You can see, that the garden is looking a bit fall-like - but still has lots of life left in it.
There's been a couple of days of dramatic temperature change. I went out at noon - it looked as if everything was smoking - just the water evaporating.
Here's my $15.00 Brugmansia from the Royal Botanical Gardens - this is the third time it has bloomed this summer. The scent is just brilliant - absolutely tropical - and quite bizarre to the senses when it's so cool in the morning.
If any of you have Carex 'Ice Dance' and it's not performing too well - my advice to you is either rent Bart to have him do a trim, or just pull out the clippers and go at it yourself. I've never seen it look so full and colourful at this time of year.
And more Brugmansia because I can't resist.
This is the best time of year to see why this fern is called Athyrium 'Lady in Red'.
I bought a couple of annuals I really shouldn't have at the Toronto Botanical Garden. Pineapple sage smells nice (providing you remember to walk by and smoosh it with your fingers) and is very ordinary looking. Our season, as hot as it was, is not hot enough or long enough for it to bloom.
A spider enjoying the last stand of the Verbascum.
This is one of the new plants I got to trial two years ago - H. Chiffon Blue. I really like the colour. I'd been given two very small plants. One didn't make it, but this one is lovely & I've got some orangie, reddie Echinacea that I hope will weave with it to make a cool show. I was pleased to see that the Perilla has started to flower. It has self sown for a couple of years and is a nice beefy plant in a rather difficult corner of the garden.
I always think there's sort of an oil slick iridescence to the leaves.
The front yard veggie garden has been a successful experiment. Have met lots of folks curious to see what I've been doing and amazed at how it started from nothing and within weeks how it was full and starting to produce vegetables.
I'd hoped to have the nasturtiums and dill blooming at the same time - good idea - didn't work. Think I'll go for a more colourful variety of nasturtium next year.
And a few shots of the Tricyrtis - starting to think the dotty ones look a bit clown-like.
I adore this Cotoneaster - I've never met a plant whose fruit and leaves were about the same size and shape.
And this is my sad groan of the day:
4 blocks from my house - an Ash Tree has succumbed to the Emerald Ash Tree borer. I noticed the characteristic water sprouts about 9 feet off the ground and bits of dead in the crown about 8 weeks ago - today, it is completely toast. The Town of Oakville has it marked to be removed. I wonder how long mine will last?
Another Tricyrtis - think I really prefer those without spots.
This fern is in a really dry spot in the garden - so glad to see how it's bounced back after the rain.
When we visited the Doris Duke garden last year we were given a plant to take back home. This little fellow is probably still wondering how he ended up on this side of Lake Ontario.
More Perilla (Shiso) - it's probably a good thing I never developed a taste for it - it really is a great annual.
I'm going to have to cut out some Hosta leaves - this is H. montana macrophilla that has been nailed by the sun and heat this summer. Amazing how the weakened leaves were just beaten apart by the rain.