September has arrived with a sense of humor here in Seattle -- teasing us with sunny 80 degree days and the bright sunny skies that were denied us much of these past few "summer" months. And my garden has behaved in just as mischevious a manner, with spring flowers still blooming happily together with mid-summer flowers way past their usual lifespan. My front flower bed, for instance, has sunflowers, sweet peas, larkspur, nasturtiums, shasta daisies, shirley poppies and dahlias all hanging out together in a very surprising combination.
|An improbable mix of spring and summer flowers blooming simulateously on my east facing deck|
The vegetable beds responded to the lack of warm weather by growing thick foliage - I got great lettuce and greens, but my "Asian Trio" eggplant is more of an ornamental than an edible this year, with loads of lovely purple flowers, but no "eggs". In the last few weeks, the "Heirloom Lemon" cucumber vines went nuts, and have created a jungle in their raised bed alongside those lush but empty eggplants.
|"Heirloom Lemon" cucumbers are overwhelming the "Asian Trio" eggplant|
|Sungold tomatoes came though with delicious fruit despite the long cold wet spring|
|I keep my various pots of herbs right outside of my kitchen door on the deck|
|Container "French Perfume" lavender|
|"Watercolor Silks" dahlias bloom their first year from seed|
|"Chantilly" snapdragons by my front door|
Happy gardening, and our best wishes and sympathies to all those whose gardens suffered from the extreme weather and terrible storms this year!