My garden is certainly having
A showy summer.
The rain gets all the credit.
We got even more of the luscious stuff last week.
So the mid-summer show
Is pretty wonderful.
Purple Coneflowers and Gloriosa Daisies
Have had quite a year
They are just past their prime,
But should be happy for a few more weeks.
Tall Garden Phlox is just about to peek.
It’s a great old friend.
Sturdy stems make it a favorite
When the winds and rains come.
It’s vibrant color can be seen from across the yard
You will often see a patch of it in yards
As you walk through old neighborhoods.
It’s been on the old friends list
For quite awhile.
It also cuts well for arrangement.
A pre-requisite for survival
In my garden.
A haircut in spring will keep it
From getting way too tall.
It also delays the blooms till mid summer.
A time that can always use a little boost.
This year the phlox has a new friend.
Her name is Annabelle.
Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ to be exact.
I ordered the first one two years ago.
Liked it so much that I bought two more
At the end of that summer.
Then this spring I found spots for three more.
Accidentally ordered these bare root.
But they have grown and grown
Now I’m thinking I’ve found places for one or two more
Annabelle blooms a lot.
Great big blooms at that.
Their blooms start out white
And change into that wonderful lime green
That is so good in the garden and arrangements.
It’s a color I work to incorporate.
It’s a little hard to find.
Envy Zinnias and Bells for Ireland
Also add this color
But I have trouble getting them to grow here.
Annabelle on the other hand
Seems to love my garden.
Annabelle is a fast grower
And prolific bloomer
It’s a great new friend
That seems right at home
Here in my garden.
“Make new friends, but keep the old.
One is silver, the other is gold.”