That's what I'm telling my garden right now. A combination of just being too busy to get out there and do much, combined with my usual end of summer tiring of watering means most of the garden has to fend for itself. I wonder if I'm the only one that for as much as I love gardening, just gets a little burned out by the end of summer. I'm telling the garden "We're on a break" and will water the few containers or anything else that's seriously wilting. This phase comes every year and lasts for a couple of weeks, when I then start to miss my garden and wonder how I could've just ignored it. Maybe it's because fall is by then showing up and I get excited to see the trees changing and other changes happening outside.
Luckily most of the yard is handling my "break" from it, and some looks just as good as it did before I went on a gardening holiday.
Abelia 'Edward Goucher' is looking beautiful, the leaves shiny and flowers covering it.
Campanula 'Summertime Blues' is very new and performing well with a little neglect. I love watching the bees crawl up inside the bells.
Another new plant Rudbeckia 'Rustic Colors' could care less if I'm around. It's blooming it's head off.
Lamb's Ear still covered in dew from this morning looks healthier than ever.
Cosmos 'Bright Lights' has lit up this corner of the garden and isn't showing signs of slowing down.
Zinnias say "Water is for wimps."
They've been blooming better than ever the last couple of weeks.
Cupid's Dart (Catananche) was cut back a few weeks ago and has started it's second round of flowers.
Sedum 'Autumn Joy' has done great, I just stuck it in this bed last year because I didn't know where else to put it. I love how easy it is to divide and move around. Hope I can find it a better spot this fall.
Aster 'Monch' probably doesn't get as much sun as it needs, it flops a bit. Lack of sun doesn't seem to make a difference in the flowers, there are tons.
I'm getting behind in visiting everyone's blogs and seeing what you all have going on. I promise I'm not on a break from all of you!
Today was Sweet Pea's first day of sixth grade, last year of elementary school. I miss her being home during the day already and really can't believe how fast summer went by. I always feel a little sad on the first day of school. It means the girls are growing up, and sometimes I just wish they could stay little forever. She of course was excited to see her friends, meet her new teacher and wear a new outfit to school.