Cathy at Words and Herbs has been following a weekly view of her garden throughout the season, and each Tuesday I’ve been trying to join in and keep track of my own weekly view in order to catalog the changes. This week the roofers are next door and this afternoon they’ve made their way to the side where the tropical garden grows.
Other than a few stray roof shingles and tar paper strips the garden has escaped damage, and that’s great because now is the time of year when every day is a celebration of summer and every night is a reminder that colder weather is on the horizon. As nighttime temperatures cool off I’m beginning to notice a tint of red in some of the clumps of annual burning bush (Kochia scoparia). Me thinks in a few weeks the ‘will it burn or will it snuff out’ question will finally be answered.
I can’t imagine these plantings will be as successfully bright as some of the photos I’ve seen online but if they’re halfway interesting I will be happy enough. As it is their fluffy green mass has been a welcome green rest in an otherwise overloaded bed of color.
The rest of this post is gratuitous canna color. I posted canna ‘Cannova Rose’ last week, but it’s still outstanding, and deserves another mention.
Canna ‘Tropicana’ is always over the top. I think you either love it or turn away in disgust, but either way it’s a bright tropical show.
I know I’ve called Canna ‘Bengal Tiger’ my absolute favorite canna, but there’s a new kid on the block this year. Canna x ehemanii is an old hybrid which tops nearly every other canna in the gracefulness category. I did not suspect my small plant would bloom this year but here it is opening its first flower. A little short for this variety, but much easier to admire when it’s down here amongst us mortals 🙂
We are into the one month countdown. First frost typically hits around mid-October in these parts, and for as much heat and drought and storm this garden can take, it can’t take a hard freeze. That’s a Tuesday view I’m not looking forward to.
In the meantime please give Cathy a visit and find out what she and other bloggers are seeing this Tuesday. It’s a great way to keep up with the changes and really see just how much goes on in your garden!