Every single morning, since our return 2 weeks ago, has been spent cutting back and pulling out. The mornings are the only time that I can be outside because I no longer seem to be able to tolerate the heat as I once did. Even now I have a hard time cooling off. However, there was much work to do and I'm slowly getting there.
. The semicircular bed in which the Philippine violet has center spot was over run with Salvia coccinea. It seeds everywhere, and while the humming birds love it, I do have to pull out many plants. I have cut back some of the plants so that in October they will be flowering again. All but one of the lambs ears, Stachys byzantina, were dead so that came out along with lots of purple coneflowers Echinacea purpurea. The bed has a drip system so I mulched to keep down the weeds.
Bit by bit I have been cutting back plants in the sunken garden. The mounding plant is the purple skull cap, Scutellaria wrightii, which is one of my absolute favorite plants. It flowers all summer long and is easy to grow from seed. I think many of the plants in this garden enjoy a cool root run under the flagstones.
I haven't the heart to pull out these amaranthus that has decided to grow along the edge of the path. I banned it from the vegetable garden this year but it chose a new home.
I hope that the leaf color will become more vibrant as the temperatures cool off and it does have pretty pink tassel like flowers late in the season.
The Spanish oak garden may be the greenest spot of all. This is because Ficus pumila has covered the wall creating the effect of a hedge. It needs just about as much work as a hedge too as it would love to take off into the wild blue yonder! Both over the wall and over the patio. That was this mornings job, clipping the hedge, until I came across a paper wasps nest and decided it was time to stop. I have a bad allergic reaction to their sting.