Since I garden in the southern great plains
There are things I’ve come to expect
In late summer.
Grasshoppers come to mind.
Photo credit Debra Mitchell
Humidity is definitely a factor.
And it is often accompanied
As I look out onto my garden.
I almost feel like I need to apologize
To the brave plants
Basking in the heat of the day.
Yet, some plants seem to not just survive
I can’t take credit for too much planning
But I do know I want cutting flowers
All through the growing season.
So there is some intentionality
To my methods.
And as a result.
When I went to cut for my Sunday church bouquets
I was pleased to find plenty to pick.
So how does this work?
If there’s a star in my garden
All season long
It has to be Annabelle Hydrangea.
I have a hedge of five planted at the east end.
They have bloomed since late May.
Starting with fluffy white blooms
And maturing to the lime green that I love
Since it goes so well with many other flowers.
I’ve cut them all season
And they still have lots to give.
That’s why I’ve added them to the corners of my garden house.
And last fall in a front bed.
I even wanted a hedge of them in front of our new fence
But lost out to John’s desire for more Crepe Myrtle.
The next jewel of late summer arrangements
Is tall garden phlox.
If you cut it back in the spring
The blooms will be delayed until early July here
And they will still be going strong in August.
These two flowers alone
With their big blousey blooms
Are a great foundation for arrangements
Large and small.
Cleome is another gift this time of year.
It’s a funky flower that brings interest to both the garden
Cockscomb is just beginning to come into it’s own.
So start cutting and don’t stop
Or you’ll have a cockscomb only garden before you know it!
Now fill in with some blues and purples in the Veronica family
And you have a “Dog Days” arrangement
That will make you smile each time you pass by.
Like much in life
I can’t change the heat of August
But I can find joy in the blossoms