We’re in Malvern, Pennsylvania, today, visiting with Carla Z. Mudry. She’s reflecting on the tail end of summer in her garden.
The summer has flown by! It has been a crazy summer, full of battering thunderstorms that have caused flooding, and in between those storms, heat, humidity, and sometimes drought conditions. Yet the garden survives and thrives. I have a layer garden, and right now it’s a jungle, so it will require some trimming up and tidying soon. Meanwhile, I’m distracted by the flowers of August, like the dinner plate hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos hybrids, Zones 5–9), cannas (Canna hybrids, Zones 7–10 or as tender bulbs), black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia fulgida, Zones 4–9), and roses returning. The butterflies are loving the New York ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis, Zones 5–8) and seven-son flower (Heptacodium miconioides, Zone 5 – 9). I needed to remind myself this week of the simple joys of the garden. There is nothing quite like it. Happy gardening!
We’ll be back to enjoy more highlights from Carla’s garden tomorrow.
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