Sunday, August 4, 2013
Beating Back The Wild Things
It's a plain fact that we are being overrun here. All the rain has served to keep us out of the garden and it has given the weeds the opportunity to run wild in the garden. Somewhere hidden beneath the grass and other weeds are Ed's beautiful planting beds and stone paths. Ed worked on this area today. He plans to replant peas here. We have the seed and sometimes we can get a late crop of peas if the weather cooperates.
I chose to search for desirable plants in this bed . I uncovered some dianthus, wood betony, closed gentian and a hollyhock. I caught sight of Ed's rose, but I did not get it uncovered yet. Digging out the grass is slow work and looking for hidden treasures slows progress down even more.
It's not only the weeds that have gone wild. The trumpet vine has completely engulfed the golden glows. A few small golden flowers have managed to break through the vines to catch some sunlight anyway. Other plants in the area of the trumpet vine have not been seen at all.
Trumpet vine tendrils are marching across our gravel parking spot. New runners are popping up in the gravel at some distance from the original plant. One can't help feeling that parking there for too long will result in a car covered with vines. However, I can't deny that I love to watch the hummingbirds zip around the trumpet vine chasing each other at dizzying speeds. As long as the red flowers that they find so attractive are blooming, this vine gone wild is safe.
Still there is great beauty in the garden. This Salmon star lily and its tantalizing fragrance is so attractive to a hummingbird moth that I was actually able to get this great picture. We feast on fresh summer squash, basil, lettuce and the now ripening tomatoes. Today in the garden was great!