In terms of gardening, the last couple of days have been frustrating, as an infestation of mice has been rapidly decimating the rice I have been growing. The little rascals seem to outsmart any traps I set for them, and consume unripe rice grains at an astonishing rate. However, that uphill battle and the continuing drought notwithstanding, there is much to be pleased about in the garden right now as well.
An early morning view of part of the garden
There are much fewer cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) in the garden this year than in previous summers, but due to the ongoing dry weather they are mercifully free of mildew so far
Dahlia 'Mrs. I. de Ver Warner'
Red valerian (Centranthus ruber) reviving in the cooler temperatures
The 'Old Fashioned Vining' petunias tend to look quite bedraggled by this point but bounce back a bit for the fall
The Persian basil has been a fragrant, floriferous stalwart this year
Garlic or Chinese chives (Allium tuberosum) flower for a surprisingly long time period, especially for an allium, and that at a time when virtually no other member of the family is in bloom
The moonflowers (Ipomoea alba) are spectacular this year
This self-sown four o'clock (Mirabilis jalapa) is almost pure pale yellow...
... Though there is no dearth of multicolored ones either
The Joseph's coat amaranth (Amaranthus tricolor) continues to get more extravagant
The chocolate daisies (Berlandiera lyrata) took a long time, but now they have been getting continually bigger and more floriferous for over a month
The yellow seedling cannas are beginning to bloom again
My African marigolds (Tagetes erecta) are having some disease issues this year but luckily some plants are still blooming well
The klip dagga (Leonotis nepetifolia) bushes have gotten massive and are flopping all over the place but all but one of them are also flowering beautifully
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