Grrrrrrrr. The Japanese Beetles have arrived. Day one, I run for my gloves and pick them off, throw them on the ground and step on them. Day two, I run for my gloves, pick them off and squish their little bodies between my fingers. Day three, who has time for gloves? I'm ready to make their day barehanded. Fortunately I came to my senses in time to get the bucket of death (any pot that will hold water). Found that skipping the step of adding soap to the water just speeds the process. I hold the bucket under their sorry bodies and tap the branch/flower/leaf that they are either eating, pooping, or having sex on - they fall into the bucket where they spend a short while working on their backstroke before they expire.
How apt that I illustrate this post with a new rose to me called Grimm Brother's Fairy Tale. It is a beautiful rose, with the most amazing scent. It starts out orange and turns a marvelous coral pink. I'm very impressed with the clean shiny leaves. As you may know, we cannot use any pesticides or fungicides at all. So it's a real testament to the quality of this rose.
Stepping back, here it is with an old salvia.
My hosta are growing very well this year. I've moved them so many times, their tags have gone astray. Now, I know they are all different varieties, but I ask you, don't these blue hosta all pretty much look the same?
Now to the vegetable garden. My idea was to have sunflowers in the centre. The cutworms liked the idea so much, they ate them. So instead I've planted a banana.
The other side - a post-weed shot late in the day.
My first tomato. Yes, I know just a small one, but it's been a pretty cool growing season.
And to the backyard. Along the fence there's Aralia cordata, that I'm losing patience with. It goes all ugly at the bottom towards the end of the year. This garden is just too small to have a plant that under performs at any point in the growing season. I've planted, and you probably can't see it, a tiny Butterfly Japanesse Maple, just next to it. The Brugmansia is chugging along. And, Hosta pineappleupsidedowncake is a piece of fabulosity.
And, also from the same garden, here's my crazy Hyrdrangea and a very sweet little clematis that is covered in blooms.
I didn't think I'd have any blooms on this odd-ball variety of hydrangea quercifolia, but look, I've got one and it's over my head.
These two buds were taken from the same Lemon Wave Hydrangea.
Back to the front yard, the thermopsis was taller than ever - flirting with the Persicaria polymorpha.
Clematis durandii making time with Pp.
While not all that hot yet, the sun has been unbelievably bright. Look at how Route 66 has faded after an especially sunny day.
Just saw buds at the top of my Heptacodium. Too far away and too small to make a good shot, so thought I'd share its odd-ball leaves.
Richard Birkett was kind enough to share some of his garden treasures with me before he and Barbara moved. Adore this variegated deutzia.
A happy species H. quercifolia. Keep having to apologise to it when I do the lawn.
And, to finish off, some of my Loblaws coleus that are doing wonderfully well inspite of getting more than their fair share of sun in the afternoon.