I usually prefer softer colours in the garden except for these gorgeous bright orange daylilies. They're adding colour right now while the rest of the garden recovers from the high temperatures. They don't mind the heat, in fact, they seem to thrive as the temperatures soar.
It's cooled down a little over the past couple of days and we've been able to get back out to the garden to work. So much needs to be done! At times it's overwhelming but then I remember to take one step at a time and look back to see what we've already accomplished. Most of the weeds have been removed and I'm keeping up with the new ones that continue to pop up. Two very large and overgrown bridal wreath spireas have been dug out, thanks to my husband. I had mixed feelings about removing them. They were beautiful for about a week or so when they bloomed but grew much too large for our small garden. The light the garden is getting now that they're gone was worth the work it took to remove them. And not having to prune them every couple of weeks so that we could find our way to the hose is nice too.
We're putting a lot more thought into what we plant and where we plant it. Anything that grows too large or spreads too much is gone. Invasive ground covers that tend to take over are being dug up. Other plants we want to keep but are either overgrown or planted in the wrong spot are being divided and moved. We're looking for pretty border plants and I'm almost ready for another visit to the garden centre to browse (at least that's what I'm telling my husband!).
Friends gave us a gift certificate to a local garden centre so we could plant a tree in memory of my Mom. We chose a beautiful standard burning bush. It grows around 5 feet high and about 3 feet wide - perfect for our little space. Mom would love the bright red foliage it gets in the Fall.
Still wondering what to do about a very overgrown clematis and a lavender bush that has spread into an uneven and unattractive shape. I cut half of the clematis back last week as it was smothering a beautiful fern nearby. This thing takes up two trellises and overwhelms this section of the garden. I'm tempted to dig it out entirely and replace it with something a little less aggressive. As for the lavender, does anyone know if it can be reshaped without killing it? I've always been hesitant to prune my lavenders, other than removing the spent stalks at the end of the season. Also, if you also have suggestions for plants that will tolerate full sun and that don't grow too large or spread too much, please share!
One last thing ... I get the results of my scan tomorrow. All I want to hear is that my scan is clear and I'm in remission. I'll post a quick update on Thursday.