In the sunken garden most of the color is from the Salvia gregii and gomphrena. I am glad the yellow knockout rose survived but it will need a little pampering to bring it back into full bloom for the fall. Unfortunately I lost the Zepherine drouin rose in the pot by the potting shed. I will have to rethink a vine for this spot.
I can hardly get into the English garden. Whether it is the weight of pomegranates on the tree or lack of water, the branches are touching the ground. I have never done the kind of pruning that the tree deserves. Perhaps now is the time.
Lindheimer senna always puts in an appearance, usually in between the stepping stones, but it is such a reliable, fuss free bloomer in the fall that I let it stay.
One of the things that happens when I am away from my garden is that I start thinking of projects. My head is full of new ideas for the garden although most of them are not original. I’ve culled them from gardening books, magazines and garden visits and this summer I have visited a number of beautiful gardens. Sometimes the projects need a little adaptation to fit in with my style of garden. Some of them are for me and some for D. I’m hoping he is ready too, to start just as soon as the weather cools down.
In the meantime those projects will be on hold as I assess what can stay and what has to go and what has already gone. It has been a tough summer for Austin gardens. Ever hopeful the gardener puts this all behind and moves forward with renewed vigor.