Our perennials have been going strong this year. Meakin snapped some pictures before the rains came this past weekend. It has been a very wet summer here in the mountains of western North Carolina, much more so than most years.
This pretty little purple coreopsis was a gift from Beverly. Many of you know Bev as Larry’s wife of Big Dude’s Eclectic Ramblings. Beverly gave us a cutting when we were at their blogger get-together this past June and as you can see it’s done quite well. Beverly is one of the most talented gardeners I’ve ever known and has a magic touch when it comes to flowering plants. Her flower gardens are a real showcase.
Our purple coneflowers bloomed later than usual this year and it’s the first time I can remember that they bloomed during Black-eyed Susan time. I just read that coneflowers come in a big variety of new colors, including some bright ones and three sizes from dwarf to tall.
We experienced a very harsh winter here as did much of the country. Our hydrangeas took a real hit and consequently haven’t bloomed. This one is new and has been a very fast grower. I wish I could remember its name. I believe that it is new. The flowers begin to turn a peachy sherbet color as they dry and die.
Due to the rain, our tomatoes haven’t done as well as some years. Tomatoes need rain, but not as much as we’ve gotten. Too much rain causes the tomato’s skin to swell. Our Cherokee Purples were finished last week and the only ones left are a few the grape tomatoes.
I hope you’ve enjoyed a stroll around our perennial garden and a visit to the last of the tomatoes. This will be linked to Garden Tuesday at Sidewalk Shoes.