Okay. So summer may be winding down, and parts of my garden are looking pretty . . . tired. But there are still so many super cool things happening out there!
Here are three things for you today:
1 - Surprise blooms
Now, I am not (generally) a fan of the Rose of Sharon. When I was looking for a tall-ish shrub for a rejuvenated garden bed earlier this season, though, I was drawn to this particular Rose of Sharon because of the variegated leaves. (I tend to be a total sucker for variegated foliage.) Besides, Rose of Sharon blooms late in the season -- and that is always a big PLUS in my book. The plant is very small (this year), and I didn't expect it to bloom. But look at that! Blooms and buds everywhere! (I even love the color of the blooms, which was a mystery when I bought the plant last spring.)
2 -- Bumper crop
Usually by this time in the season, my basil has bolted and gone to seed. I've been deadheading and cutting back regularly this year, though, and look at this! Beautiful basil, still going strong. I think some fresh pesto (and maybe a few more basil bombs) are in my immediate future.
3 -- Ready to POP
Here it comes . . . sweet autumn clematis! Thousands of little, white, fragrant blooms are just itching to pop right open. The bees are already going nuts for these tiny blooms, which climb all over my garden gate and fence. These flowers are so wonderful as the summer winds down -- and they leave the prettiest seed heads behind for fall, too.
(Next week, maybe I'll show you the deadest and brownest things in my garden.)
(Just to keep things in balance!)
Be sure to head over to Carole's to read other Three on Thursday posts.