Mid-Season Bloom Slideshow

A Hemerocallis glows like a jewel in partial shade

Practically anything will thrive and bloom when the temperatures and rainfall scenarios are perfect, but the true test is what will not only survive, but thrive, when the outdoor conditions are less than ideal. I’ve been hiding from the heat by squirreling away in our basement these past couple of weeks working on updating the format for this blog and my shop, so I haven’t spent as much time in the garden as I would like. Still, when I do get out there, I’m amazed at how some of the plants are exploding with growth and color, and not surprised that some (like a couple of my David Austin roses–more on that later) have decided to just throw in the towel. I think a camera is one of the most important garden tools because it helps to document how your garden looks at various times of the season–what does well, and what does not. I’ll be reflecting on these photos come mid winter when I’m planning for next spring and this heat wave is just a memory.

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