I am working on the first post about the gardens I visited during the course of my travels over the past month and a half, but in the meantime I thought I would put up some pictures of how the garden is doing right now. It is a bit messy and there is plenty of weeding and trimming still to do in the coming days but on the whole most of the garden appears to have made it through the weeks of drought and record heat fairly well. Some plants, such as the Japanese fiber bananas (Musa basjoo) and the newly planted roses, have not grown as much as they might have had their been more rain, but there are still plenty of flowers.
A section of the front yard featuring Musa basjoo, Miscanthus sinensis var. zebrinus, pink crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica), and an apricot Agastache cultivar
A close-up of the crape myrtle...
... And another one of the Agastache
Hollyhock (Alcea rosea)
Oddly early chrysanthemums
Flowering naranjilla or lulo (Solanum quitoense) - check out those spines!
A miniature gladiolus (Gladiolus cv.)
A self-sown spider flower (Cleome hassleriana) in the pebbles by the garage
A red-flowered cultivar of Hibiscus moscheutos
Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) in purple...
... And white
Coreopsis 'Full Moon' or a similar cultivar
Now it has been raining for much of yesterday and today, which should do the plants a lot of good and also make it much easier to weed once the showers let up.