These last couple weeks have been just crazy, with the new family addition & getting the kiddo’s ready to go back to school. Blogger has taken a back seat to my ‘other life’!
The garden is showing signs of quieting down & just a few flowers are blooming. It has been hot (high 80’s) with very little rain here to accommodate all of the garden needs. I do have to laugh that the nurseries here encourage us to plant drought tolerant plants for these few weeks that we do get the hot sunshine. Yet in my garden those types of garden plants seem to die because of all of the rain the soil has to absorb. I cannot tell you how many plants I’ve had to pull because they have rotted in the ground due to how wet the soil is. So I’ve just decided to do my own thing and plant what works here at Fishtail Cottage and not plant again what doesn’t work.
This week – it’s the abundance of blooms for hummingbirds and butterflies. It’s been crazy the amount of hummingbirds that have been visiting the garden. They say hummingbirds are very territorial – however, there must be enough food here in the garden between the feeders and the blooms because I’ve seen up to seven at a time swooping in and visiting. Their favorite will have to be the hardy fuchsia! This year I split my plants up and planted more throughout the garden to enable more visitors!
Another favorite of these sweet birds is my Rose of Sharon. I have three of these gorgeous bloomers and the hummingbirds definitely linger a long time around these blooms. This year these shrubs have reached at least 4feet wide and 6 feet tall~ I hope next year is the year they cover my bedroom windows fully! Just so pretty this time of year!
More favorites that I see a lot of activity at this time of year is the (in order) Penstemon, Gaura & the second blooming of Delphinium.
Don’t know what this sweet flower is in the first picture, believe it’s natures gift to me & these four ‘o'clocks are finally blooming & are very inviting to my buzzing my friends!
Thanks for coming by this week to visit my garden post for the week! Hope to see you at Cottage Flora Thursday’s later this evening! To see what I am linking to this week – please check my “Cottage Links” label…xoox, Tracie
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Cher Sunray Gardens
Your garden never fails to delight me. Love watching the hummers.
I am just beginning to notice butterflies and humming birds as my buddelias began to bloom. It is such fun watching them all fly in for dinner.
My own garden is in much need of some tending and my annuals have just about had it so I have linked my post on the Mansion with pics of the back grounds...
Hope you dont mind that I posted twice. We will be starting to clean up and get ready for fall..
I have seen so many Rose of Sharon in my area that I am tempted to plant it again if I can find a smaller one. Gaura is a great addition to the garden this time of year, fills in where others leave off.
Thank you for the walk through your garden.
Your gardens are still with summer colours, how nice. Plants here must be able to survive on their own once they have settled in which is why I favour many native varieties. I agree that you should just plant what works and can handle your summers.
I'm sorry to be late to the party so I won't join in this week. Next time for sure. Thank you for hosting such a lovey party.
Thanks for hosting the party..
Happy September.. hugs from Savannah, Cherry