Inspired by Cherry Ong’s post yesterday, this is Joseph, your GPOD editor, sharing some moments from the past summer in my northern Indiana garden. I hope you’ll send in some shots from your gardens this summer too! It’s always fun to see what went well for everyone.
I planted this climbing rose ‘Dortmund’ next to the fence last summer, and this year it grew enough that I could start training it along. That process is a bit tedious, as ‘Dortmund’ is quite thorny, but I really love the effect. I can’t wait for next year when it will cover even more of the fence with flowers. (Please ignore the chaos in the background. This garden had been completely abandoned before we moved in, so it is taking lots of work to get everything looking good again.)
I grew this beautiful and fragrant rose from seed. It doesn’t have a name, both the bumblebees and I like it a lot.
I put a little herb garden in a planter box I made, and it turned into a great habitat. This caterpillar grew up to be a swallowtail butterfly, fueled by the parsley that I had originally planned to eat but was happy to sacrifice to the caterpillars.
Oregano has the best flavor if harvested before it flowers—or so I’ve been told. How could I not let it bloom when the bees love it SO MUCH! It was hard to get pictures of them all, but I counted at least five different kinds of bees on the flowers in just one evening.
Here’s another rose seedling that doesn’t have a name. It’s not fragrant, but it’s very pretty. The only downside is that the petals don’t drop off cleanly, so if you don’t deadhead, they hang on looking brown and ugly.
I love hollyhocks (Alcea hybrids, Zones 3–8)! They looked great during the start of the summer.
I love growing things from seed and am particularly proud of this pot of black lace cactus (Echinocereus reichenbachii, Zones 5–9). They start out small but quickly bulk up. This species is native to many quite cold parts of western North America and in theory should be hardy outside for me here, but I fear that our wet autumns and springs will be too much and make them rot. I’m trying to decide if I want to risk planting them out in the garden or just keep them in the container and move them into the garage to stay dry for the cold part of the year.
Chrysanthemum ‘Yellow Quill’ has been a star as summer has changed into fall. This is my first year with it and I’m quite in love. And it’s hardy to Zone 3!
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