Summer Phlox, one of the earliest summer perennials, is just starting to bloom and already the butterflies are getting their nectar! Because the butterflies have been active on the milkweed, hollyhocks and other spring bloomers, I think they just hang out in the yard waiting for the next batch of nectar-rich flowers. And because my yard is organic it is inundated with birds, butterflies, and bees covering every square inch of creeping thyme and pollinating my raspberries. Best of all we are the proud parents of 2 big families of quail.
So what’s blooming now? The Daylilies were first and are enormous due to all the wonderful winter moisture followed immediately by intense heat. The five varieties of Summer Phlox are just beginning top open but are going to be huge and showy.
They’ll continue to bloom right into early fall.
One of my favorites, Crocosmia, is right outside the big kitchen window where I can enjoy the hummingbirds all day long. I have several new varieties of Coneflower too. In addition to the purple, they now come in white and yellow. Penstemon and hummingbird mint started blooming early, but I have several different varieties for bloom through September. The Gaillarda has outdone itself–so tall and gorgeously yellow! Some even self-sowed, right in front of 6′ Maximillian Sunflower, which is edible. I love it when nature designs for me.
Some of these summer perennials were being crowded by the finished spring bloomers because I was late with my pruning. Took care of that yesterday accompanied by my cat, before the baby quail came out and. Everything’s been cut back for re-bloom in the fall and to allow space for the next show of flowers to begin.
During the cool of the evening, the entire garden will get a good dose of compost tea mixed with epsom salt. Now that the evenings are cooler after that intense early heat, our gardens need to be refreshed just like we do. You’ll start to recognize that good vibrational energy the more you work (and relax) in your garden. You’ll start to know what it needs and when.
So, look around while you’re doing your ‘chores’. Enjoy the view you’ve already created. And if you’re like me, you’ll also want to start moving some of the perennials to fill out your garden or share with friends.
If you haven’t seen my book, its organized by bloom-time, so you can plan your garden.
If you already have my book, but don’t know how to put it all together, schedule a consultation and I’ll help you with the design.
‘Tis the season! There’s also a big sale happening at one of my favorite resources, Gardener’s Supply. Here’s a link to get up to 75% off!
In sync with nature,
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