Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
We are heading toward the end of the summer and my flowerbeds are reflecting the season. There are plants I love so much I'd like to freeze time when they peak.
My energizer bunnies are Yarrow, Echinachea, Black-eyed Susan, Ox-eye Daisies, Coral Bells and Helenium and Gaillardia. I can't imagine being without them!
They anchor my gardens.
|The Coleus is amazing!|
|Pink Echinachea with Red Hollyhocks|
Yesterday, while wandering the garden with camera in hand, I brushed my elbow against a bee and it stung me. I forgot how painful bee stings are! Recently, Julie, our #1 daughter had mentioned that broad-leaf plantain was good for bee stings so I applied it by crushing the leaf and applying it to my elbow. I am amazed at how well it took care of it! No swelling or pain. It's hard to tell where I got stung. Both broad-leaf and narrow-leaf plantain grow wild everywhere including our lawn....much to the Savers dismay! The above picture is from the internet. All of ours are mowed down.
There are two White Echinachea plants in the garden. The one in the pic is so happy. The other one is a mess. It's in a part of the garden that is extremely dry. The slugs or some other little devourers have eaten all the petals off of it. It's on the "to be transplanted" list.
I'm developing an appreciation for Plumbago. The picture doesn't do it justice. It's literally electric blue.....It may be a small flower on a groundcover but it begs to be noticed.
Scabiosa is having a second flush.....it really is showing off and is almost as full of blooms as the first time.
Today I am grateful for wise counsel!
Happy Gardening, Flower Freak