Thursday, August 2, 2012
Happy August, everyone! Summer is officially in full swing, here in Portland. We've actually been pretty lucky so far this year and have had a fairly mild summer...not quite as nice as last summer...but not terribly hot. That's going to change this weekend, sadly, as it's supposed to get in the upper 90's...ugh!
Echinacea purpurea 'Prairie Splendour', Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm', Agastache 'Blue Boa', Agastache 'Black Adder'
I usually avoid the heat by spending most of my "garden time" outside during the morning and evenings. Of course, this has the dual benefit of not only being cooler, but having the most dramatic light.
While I prefer the golden, langurous light of sunset, there is something special about sunrise too. The air is crisper, cooler...and the light seems more "insistent" somehow. I love how it can change the already-rich purple of this Lobelia into something even more intense!
Pennisetum 'Red Head'
I do love this time of year, as the warm-season grasses really start to strut their stuff. I was super excited to see this Pennisetum 'Red Head' already blooming this week...a full 2 months earlier than the similar 'Moudry'! There's nothing to equal grasses for catching light and movement in the garden. Even though there are 2 months of summer left, the emerging blooms of all the grasses make me think longingly of autumn.
Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus'
Another plant that looks amazing backlit...that spiny cone catches the light so perfectly!
Echinops bannaticus, Pennisetum 'Karley Rose', Eutrochium rugusum
Another grass and the wonderful, spherical flowers of Echinops...which I always marvel at...they seem too perfect to be real, somehow.
Agastache 'Blue Boa' & Agastache 'Black Adder'
Agastaches are amazing backlit...their flowers seem to radiate an inner fire.
I'm a sucker for a good umbel...and Selinum isn't just good...it's GREAT!
And I leave you with another grass, Pennisetum macrourum, a new grass I planted last year and just love. Photos don't do it justice.
How about you...what's your favorite time of day in the garden?