early August garden

Some news from the place: my talented sister sewed some curtains for the sun porch. They keep the beating sun out on hot days and their bright yellow color adds cheer. Even when they are open, they dress up the room a lot. Here’s a picture:new curtains for the sun porchOn the southside patio we’ve added a bench and a new chair. Here’s the view of it from the east:patio from the eastand here it is from the west:patio from the westThe biggest news is that we got the barn fixed. Here you can see some of the construction:fixing the barn 1We’ve added a nice chair to the front porch sitting area. Where for years there was a wooden plank over cinder blocks to sit on, we now have a nice new metal chair.front yard sitting spot

I also removed most of the paths from the white garden, keeping just one, so there’s one entrance to it and one exit. swingset garden The white garden is not very far along mostly because I’m still building up the soil and figuring out what to plant there. So for this year I planted a bunch of bright annuals, like these bright marigolds: bright marigoldThe main issue in the garden these days is the lack of rain. Every morning starts with watering, but I can’t water everything so I have to watch some plants falter in the heat and dry. It’s painful! In spite of that, there are some bright spots. Here are some photos from yesterday:entrance to back yard

front yard
front yard
patio garden
patio garden
you can always count on coneflower to stand the heat and dry weather
you can always count on coneflower to stand the heat and dry weather

My friend Val told us Canton folks about the newly available compost at the village highway department area, and I’ve been going there, not just to get some compost, but also to pick up some wood chips. Thanks, Val! I’m going to use wood chips now on all they paths–they last very well and help keep moisture in.

Here are a few critter shots:

bee on agastache
bee on agastache
cat with lilies
cat with lilies

little bugAlso a few lovely volunteers appeared in the garden this year. Here is a graceful white nicotiana that appeared in the meditation garden pathway:volunteer nicotianaAnd a new color of phlox appeared nearby:new phloxI’ll stop here–time to go do my daily rain dance!!

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