There’s just five weeks of summer left … time to enjoy every possible second of warmth, sunshine, and bloom. This morning in the garden I had a photography accomplice, my 5-year-old granddaughter who loves to tour the garden to see what’s in bloom.
Avery’s favorite this morning … like her Mum-mum, she favors different flowers on different days … a just-opened tropical hibiscus which Avery wanted to capture in the camera.
The red-orange of the hibiscus bloom blends with the warm shades of zinnia and canna flowers.
Yellow is the predominant color in the wild edges outside the fenced-in area where Oenothera biennis, common name evening primrose, thrives in poor soil.
This Connecticut native wildflower grows as short as 3 feet and as tall as 8 feet along the outer fence edge. Japanese beetles flock to it when first emerging from the ground in June, leaving oenothera’s first leaves and early blooms beetle-chewed, but the plant still manages to send out tons of lemon-yellow flowers later in the season. Below, Oenothera is skirted by Black-eyed Susan. It’s a lovely combination that nature designed with little help from this human gardener … all I had to do was allow the plants to grow.
Years of gardening in a deer-laden region taught me when nature provides such lovely native blooms that deer don’t decimate, you let them grow… free flowers that attract native pollinators and add a cheerful glow to the woodland edges.
Avery, my morning in the garden accomplice, wants to pick many of the natives for an inside bouquet, but she’s beginning to understand that some flowers are best enjoyed on the plant where they can mature, and self-sow into next season’s delights.