My Garden Path is being encroached upon by some very boisterous plants. The rainfall we received this month has provided the garden with just what it has been needing to fuel growth.
Some areas have gotten out of hand but trimming and tidying will have to wait until there is at least a little respite from the oppressive heat and humidity. In the meantime, I'm enjoying the jungle look. I'm always amazed that the bareness of winter is transformed into the fullness of summer in the garden.
It's important to get out and see just what is going on along the Path. Even if it is hot, a morning or evening stroll is a must. If I hadn't been out checking the garden, I would have missed this sulphur butterfly emerging from its chrysalis.
Gingers and bananas are leaning over the pathway and reminding me that I really would like to move them to the side a little more. It's easy to forget to move them after they go dormant for the winter, but that's the easiest time to do so.
This area is full of foliage from summer-loving coleus, gingers, caladiums and the huge leaves of rootbeer plant. In the winter the liriope, leatherleaf fern, mondo grass, beautyberry, and sanseveria will keep things from being completely bare.
The bog garden is still not boggy, but it sure is happy with the regular rainfall we've been having. I actually prefer not having standing water but I like having plants in this area that can take it if it comes.
The shady areas of my garden, under the canopy of the oaks, are certainly cooler than the areas with full sun, but it is still awfully hot out there. This is the time of year I enjoy the view from the back porch while sitting beneath the ceiling fans.