The Spring and Summer colors of the garden are starting to fade.
But , much to my delight , the Hollyhocks are continuing to bloom . In spite of the fact that I have been doing battle with insects that I think are Japanese Beetles.
And, the White New Dawn Rose is going strong with continual beautiful blooms.
With the extensive work in the garden this year I have changed a few things around . When cutting back the Ivy (which I have almost finished) and hopefully removing the nasty wild invasive sweetpea I decided to change the location of the Gazing Ball.
It seems to grow enthusiastically naturalizing in open fields and in abandoned gardens where it quickly gets out of control. The plant propagates easily from seed . It is usually a purplish pink, but occasionally deep purple or pure white. Admire it from a distance, for it is both toxic and invasive.
The ever faithful Sedum has been putting on a beautiful show - changing color from white to the soft pink. They sure seem to be a sturdy plant and I like that.
This year I have really enjoyed my garden and I have done a lot of work and it is beginning to show . There have been so many different flowers and colors to nurture and enjoy.
I enjoy being outdoors so very much. The time I have spent in my garden has helped me so much to return to a more balanced person following some very difficult years. Of course, there are other facets to this renewed and refreshing feeling.
For all who are being affected by the many unusual circumstances and difficulties that are happening in our current world, I wish you strength, comfort, resilience and love.