At the far end of the property I had big plans. I intended to renovate the hedgerow and install a new large circular bed. The diseased trees in the hedgerow were cut down but work stopped there. This is a large project that will take a number of years to complete so one step at a time is okay. Perhaps next spring I'll clear some spots for planting and we'll add a few shrubs. The circular bed didn't go quite as planned either. We rented a sod cutter to start the bed but had difficulties cutting the tall grass roots so only a crescent moon shape was cut.
|The crescent shape that was cut back in May|
You might recognize this white dahlia from last year. I love the white blooms tinged with yellow. Also growing are a pure yellow dahlia and most recently a pink dahlia edged with dark red. Unfortunately in Irene I lost one dahlia altogether but I think at this point the tuber has had a pretty good growing season so I see no reason why it won't take hold again next year.
Among the dahlias I also planted my tiny seedlings of Love Lies Bleeding. I started these indoors in April and they have grown considerably since then.
They aren't as large as I had anticipated, only a couple feet high, but quite lovely just the same. The bright red tassels laying against the lime green foliage are stunning.
The final plant to fill out this bed was sunflowers. I planted a large variety called Giganteus which is already taller than I am but hasn't yet bloomed. I'm hoping for a few more weeks of sun so these beauties have a chance to open up. I tried starting sunflowers indoors to give them a head start but my indoor seedlings were quite scrawny. The seeds planted straight into the ground did much better but have been slow to grow in our rainy summer.
|Half the crescent planted with dahlias and sunflowers|
|Red and yellow sunflower Ruby Eclipse|
From the first buds opening
To the multi coloured petals
Some of the flowers appear more red
And others are more yellow.
No matter the colour they all provide great shade for a black cat on a hot day.