Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Foliage Follow-Up August 2010

I am a little behind with my foliage follow-up. I hope Pam, our organizer, doesn't toss me to the curb like a used plastic pot. I just had the time to get out there and snap a few shots. The foliage in my garden looks a little crispy around the edges. I am not going to show you those crispy edges though. I will start with right outside the patio doors I have this little vignette of greenery. The hosta 'June' holds court. Slugs and other critters don't like her and she thumbs her nose at drought. Besides, lets face it it is right outside the patio doors so I do keep this watered a little better than most places.
Out in the center garden there is a whole lot of texture going on. It looks a bit wild. Someone was in my garden today for the first time and she said "oh I just love the way your garden looks so wild". That about say it all. I took it as a compliment because she is another nature lover.
She was the perfect guest in that she didn't mention any of the weeds including this hulking beast. I have no idea what it is but it is about as tall as I am (5'6") and has rough leaves. I have left it in this place because I want to see what kind of bloom it has. I might be able to figure out what it is when it blooms too.  Oops, I digress.
The next spot that wasn't too crispy was out by the blackberries. This is a piece of Sum and Substance I placed here where the bird bath used to sit. It hasn't grown to full proportions yet. It is filling the hole that developed when I moved the bird bath. The poor little Toad lily has lots of buds on it. I think it is waiting for a good rain before it opens.
I hope you all enjoyed seeing a few spots in the garden that aren't all that crispy. For more foliage follow ups to GBBD go to Digging, Pam's blog to see others. Or if you want to participate make an entry and go comment on Pam's blog.
 

19 comments:

Jayne said...

Green is just about all we have right now. The second blooming of things got scorched by the intense heat we've had!

BTW Lisa, you are MORE than welcome to use any photo on my blog for painting. :c)

Dee @ Red Dirt Ramblings said...

Lisa, it all looks so fresh and good. I should take pictures of my awful hostas and show them. Maybe not. :)

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Love love LOVE that "wild" texture shot! And like Dee, I'm envying your lush-looking hostas. I can't really show mine right now, either. :(

Let me know when you figure out what your weed is, because I have a couple of those myself. Not nearly so tall as yours, though--yet!

Laurrie said...

I had to laugh at your hulking beast of a weed. I do that too -- I leave a big old weed in place to see if I can identify it by bloom. And of course when it blooms I find out it is purple loosestrife, the worst of the worst invasive here. Loved your term "crispy". That's how I would describe my garden now.

Rose said...

Your hostas look great, Lisa! Some of mine are definitely looking crispy around the edges...still waiting for rain.

I had to laugh at your keeping the weed to see what it looks like. I just cut out some mare's tail from the butterfly garden because I don't want this weed to take over, but I have to admit it has some pretty blooms. I let it grow for a long time because I wasn't sure if it was a weed or a forgotten flower:)

Pam/Digging said...

Fresh and green is lovely to see while hunkered down inside with triple-digit temps outside. If there's anything crispy about your garden, you sure can't tell from these pictures. I have one of those un-ID'd weeds growing too, just to see what it turns out to be. Mine isn't as tall as yours yet.

Cheryl said...

Hi Lisa.....Love your wild look, wild is the best as far I am concerned. Glad your visitor enjoyed the garden, how could she not??

I have something I am nursing at the moment....not sure if itis a weed or not. I usually end up with some horribly invasive plant that I loathe. For some strange reason if I don't know what it is I just can't pull it!!

Do hope you get some rain soon.....

SandyCarlson said...

Your hosta is looking good. Mine is already fading out. Seems like summer is draining the garden a lot earlier than usual this year.

shirl said...

Hi again Lisa, yes thank-you I did enjoy seeing the border views from your garden. I love foliage, green in the garden and also have a partially shaded garden too :-)

Love ‘June’ holding court… what a beauty she is too. I have her in my garden too but keep dividing her so she hasn’t had the time to bulk up. Mm… I have a feeling that the Scottish slugs do find her tasty.

Love the idea of the weed getting to grow to flower… I’d be tempted to do that too ;-)

Gail said...

Lisa, it sure looks good to me~I like the textured look your garden has~ very nice in the greener days (with brown in my garden) of August and am very curious to see the weed id! gail

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Love the foliage, even the tall unknown weed! :)

Q said...

I do understand crispy leaves. I do very little watering so most of the garden has to hang on until the Autumn rains come.
I too love the wild look. My husband is not as wild about it! LOL....
It is raining.... finally....
the thunder sounds wonderful.
Sherry

Layanee said...

I have that weed also! Your hosta looks just as happy as can be. My garden is getting quite crispy.

Kylee from Our Little Acre said...

It's been a weird and hot summer, hasn't it, Lisa? But you've got some nice foliage there. I don't have 'Sum and Substance' but my mom just bought some at Wade & Gatton when we were there.

I've never had a slug problem with my hostas until this year. They look awful - the ones the slugs love, anyway.

EAL said...

Some of my hostas still look great. Some look like $&@#. I love your big weed. I do that a lot. I love seeing mystery weeds ID themselves--I have a big ol daisy-type weed in my sunny bed right now.

Tracy F. said...

Thank you for voting for my dogs (#21, 22 on FiFi's blog!)

Your garden looks so fresh and cool, in the middle of this hot summer!

SandyCarlson said...

Loved your story about the little bird on my blog!

yoon see said...

Seeing green and enjoy figuring the layers and textures here.
I don't have much plants in my garden but really love to have something like this in my garden!

Babara said...

In my "wild" garden (wild can indeed be a form of presenting and creating a garden :-) !!) green foliages are actually dominating too. But soon they'll turn into autumn colors or fade. I like the way you combine your hostas with other plants... the leaves of my hostas look like the famous Emmental cheese...they have a lot of holes (slugs).