I miss writing here, but I am deep deep deep in the very last review of my book and two other projects, all of which must be finished by Tuesday.
I took a few minutes to snap pictures of the garden, to tide you (and me) over. I’ll be back next week. I have a delicious new recipe to share.
PS Congratulations to Scott D. who won the Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits Handbook of Etiquette giveaway. These are knock-out roses. My friend Janet insists on calling them Wipe Out roses so that’s what they will be henceforth. This is the happiest climbing hydrangea. If you are growing one and tapping your toe waiting for it to grow, in my experience, they are almost dormant for five years, then take hold and grow and bloom like mad. This year, the Kousa dogwoods are covered in beautiful blooms. The center of the flower turns to a big red seed pod by September, at which point, a flock of grackles land and eat every single one in an afternoon. Columbine are surprisingly easy to grow. Buy a packet of seed and toss them around the garden in late August. Don’t plant them, just scatter them and water the garden.
More Wipe Out roses. Oakleaf hydrangea blooms – just emerging.Clematis on the birdhouse. For some reason, all the blooms are at ground level, even though the vine is six feet tall. First of the season. Frais de bois. Hoping the chipmunks don’t see it. The promise of more frais de bois.