I've been working such long hours recently, my brain is too fried to write very much, so I'll just show you some photos taken in the garden this week.
My potted Hamelia patens is still blooming, even though the hummingbirds seem to have moved on. I was quite pleased with how this did in its container, so I'm not sure if I will plant in the ground in the spring, or keep it in the container.
In the front garden, by the garage door, the two sweet potato vines I put in have completely overtaken the little iron topiary -- in fact they have taken over the whole bed! Since I took this photo, I've trimmed the milkweed back, they were falling over, blocking the door and covered in aphids - I mean just really icky looking. I hope I left enough so that if we *do* get some more Monarchs coming through, there will be something here for them.
I've got two colors of sweet potato vine -- the chartreuse and this dark one, seen here with some flowers blooming.
Here's another milkweed, this one in the back garden. I love this one, it's much better behaved than the ones in the front garden and it's not covered in aphids.
I managed to get a bit of gardening done last weekend, in the form of pruning and dead-heading mostly. The Buddleia has really grown tall, but the majority of the flowerheads are finished now, so I did some serious trimming. Among the dried out blackness, there were still a couple of lovely fresh blooming stalks, much to the delight of the bees.
And of course, with all the pruning and dead-heading, I was able to add some bulk to the contents of our new compost bin. It felt good to do that, rather than bagging it up and cramming it all in to the trash.
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.