Plenty (and I mean plenty) of rain, cool days, and my time up north have turned my gardens . . . WILD!
This year, right now, everything in my garden is lush and overgrown! (Including the weeds.)
My butterfly garden (above, and in the next few photos) is full of Michigan native plants and grasses that are drought tolerant. Usually, by now, I have to do some extra watering to keep everything happy. This year? Not so much! I haven't had to drag a hose around the yard yet.
My bee houses (I have two this year; one in front, one in back) are beginning to get some egg-laying action, and I'm seeing Monarchs and Swallowtails, Red Admirals and Fritillary butterflies every day.
My astilbes have been brilliant this year! (They LOVE water.)
And my little herb garden is thriving. (My tomatoes, though? Oh, man. Too much water and not enough sun has put them so far behind "normal" that I don't think I'll have tomatoes at all this year.)
My backyard is bursting -- with blooms . . . and weeds . . . and poison ivy. (Oh. And mosquitos. They are brutal this year.) I kind of like the WILD look in the garden, so I'm really happy with the way things are evolving this year. (Although this photo clearly tells me that it's past time to cut back that ladies mantle . . .)
The hops are still trying to take over the world . . . but this week, I discovered there is a cardinal nest tucked up under the hops in the top of the arbor! (I decided to investigate when I noticed that there is nearly always a cardinal - sometimes male, sometimes female - sitting either on top of the arbor or on one of the dead branches just above it. Close watching revealed their "hopping in spot." Their nest is very hidden in there.)
I'm enjoying my garden this year. The mosquitos have discouraged me from time to time, and there have been some days when it's just too rainy to do any chores. But for the most part, it's been a satisfying season.
Happy Friday! Enjoy your weekend!