Speaking of leaves, I've had the best luck with Renee's lettuce mixes this year. Planted both the 5-variety Mesclun Organic Blend and the Paris Market Blend this spring and am still harvesting. Turns my guests into little kids. After a few bites of their salad, they start pulling it all apart wanting to know which one is which and where could they buy this particular type of lettuce. With all the different varieties included in these two packages, I don't have a clue, so I simply encourage them to eat up, drink more wine, and maybe grow their own lettuce next year. Below are more lovely leaves of Renee's Swiss chard and beans.
My pots have done very well too. Loblaw had provided a great number of plants to replace the ill-fated and popular Impatiens. These bright orange begonias are a new favourite of mine.
Quite a bit of spider mite here and there throughout the garden. First time I'd seen it on Colocasia.
My new favourite Hosta 'Wheee!' My little H. 'Praying Hands' that lived beside it obviously hasn't been praying hard enough - it's down to two tiny leaves that I trod on yesterday.
And two weeks later, more colour in Hydrangea 'Mystical Flame' and Heuchera 'Amber Lady'. (and a few less weeds up front)
I'm zipping you back to the front yard again. What a year for Hydrangea 'Limelight'. It's next to Persicaria polymorpha which looks so much better when it hasn't been devoured by Japanese Beetles. Eupatorium 'Gateway' is a little more than waist-high this year. But on a positive note, the leaves have not been mutilated by leaf miners as they have almost every other year.
You can see the limelight colour a little better in this shot.
A couple of morning walk shots - silver, pinks, and blues are such pretty combinations.
Back to my garden....This is H. 'Incrediball'. I believe I'm into year 4 here. Still very small. Shocking white blossoms, but very slow growth pattern. May take another 2 years until it earns its incredible moniker.
Did I hear you say Uncle? Until I do, more 'Limelight'.
Hybiscus syriacus 'Blue Chiffon'. This was one of the plants on death watch after the rough winter. Just shows what a cool wet summer will do for a shrub.
H. 'Invincibelle Spirit'. Wasn't keen on this when I first planted it. Now, I really like it. Very unusual pink colour, and it continues to send out blossoms throughout the summer.
This is my favourite new perennial of the year. Be aware though, this is only year one. Can you believe all the blossoms? The colour in person is richer and better, and just when you think it should be done, it provides even more colour. I wish they'd spent as much time on the name as they had on plant development, I'm finding Coreopsis 'Permathread Red Satin' a little hard to remember.
Two weeks later:
After the rain:
Coreopsis 'Route 66' - one of the first fancy thread leaf varieties to survive year after year - yet another Loblaw feature.
It was a good year for birds & squirrels - what a feast on the Cornus alternifolia berries. The party remains on the hosta.
The mixed pots have done very well. I use a 15-30-15 mix every two weeks. Am surprised at how well the petunias have done.
The Ipomopsis rubra are in bloom.
More monarchs than last year, but not many more. Good to see them enjoying the milkweed I let grow in the big perennial garden.
Best Hemerocallis year ever.
Lost one of the Begonias when we had the last thunderstorm. But the rest of the bunch is looking just fine. The green bit is a plant left over from last year. Waiting to see what colour it will be.
Couldn't believe it was time for these blossoms - always think of this Clematis as one of my end-of-summer plants.
Great year for Platycodon. The white gunk is pine blood from the still open wounds of the Eastern White above.
More 'Limelight' from this a.m.
And one last shot - a very clever bee staying dry on Eupatorium 'Gateway'. Hope he finds a better spot by this afternoon - looks like we're going to be hammered with thunder and heavy rain for most of the afternoon. There's simply no let up on this lettuce summer anytime soon.