What is a hapless blogger to do when two very inviting memes occur on the same day?
Last week was exactly the same. It was Monday for the vase but also Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, sponsored by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. I just did two posts then and will do so today. I hope that isn’t cheating.
The foliage in my garden is feeling the heat, as we all are. The Japanese maple (Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Ever Red’) which is the focal point of my back garden is beginning to show the advance of summer as its lovely red color is fading to green. It is still a beautiful tree, but I will have to wait to fall before it turns red again.
So far the hostas are holding up well, albeit with dedicated hand watering on my part. They are adding a continual touch of foliage color.
A barberry and weigela, both in full sun, are also seeing their spring color fading to green.
I have three Berckman arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis Berckmanii) in various spots in the garden, and their lime green foliage is holding its own in full sun and heat.
Contrast in form, shade and size is provided by aucuba, Japanese cleyera, English boxwood, and Siberian iris.
The Carolina jessamin (Gelsemium sempervirens) did not bloom well this spring, and I thought about cutting it back drastically and let it start over on the arbor. Looking at it now, however, one can see that it is lush with new growth. Perhaps we will see a few of its yellow blossoms this fall to tease us for next spring.
I decided that I would NOT show the foliage eaten down by the critters or the wilty places.