Late Season - Full Glory

August 29, 2014

Usually the 'full glory' time would be a little earlier than now, but maybe only a week or two.   The most colourful time in my garden has always been the late summer.  That's when the perennial phlox come out, the rudbeckia and coneflowers are still out and a few daylilies are hanging on.

Here are some pictures taken over the last few days.  

taken from the border around the 'future firepit' with the back border in the background
part of the back border - perennial phlox, white coneflower, rudbeckia, 
perennial lobelia with pink phlox in the background
purple coneflower 'Ruby Star'  
perennial phlox 'Bright Eyes'
rudbeckia 'Goldstrum' 
back of the hacienda
Have a wonderful long weekend, everyone!

Mid-August at the Cottage Garden

August 13, 2014

The grand entrances by my beloved perennials continue to be about two weeks behind schedule.  Usually by this time of year the back border is a riot of colourful perennial phlox.    This only means that we still have many things to look forward to here in Zone 4 of  Ontario.

We've had two days of a really good rain here and so the photos in today's post are a bit drippy.   I also can't guarantee that were are no water spots from the lens.

Lots of rudbeckia, which I love.  Even though I've tried to read about them, I still don't know the difference between the ones with the smooth leaves and the ones with the hairy leaves.   I know the ones with the smooth leaves are called 'Goldsturm' though.  If anyone can enlighten me, I'd appreciate it!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful middle-of-August week!

Echinacea Purple Coneflower 'Ruby Star' and Rudbeckia (with hairy leaves) 
Rudbeckia ''Goldsturm' in the foreground with some Hydrangea 'Annabelle' behind them

a closer look at 'Goldsturm' 
a closer look at the 'hairy leaf' kind 
happy mish-mash of colour in the side border

pretty two-toned perrenial phlox, also in the side border