It’s Already August

August, where did you come from so quickly? The heatwave of July lasted right through the month and the ground and flowers are parched. Enjoy a peek through my garden gate for July.

rose of sharon at

The rose of sharon started blooming just after mid July. I tired an experiment this year by cutting off a few bottom stems at the beginning of the season and potting them up. They all seem to have taken so I’ll have some new little shrubs to plant next year.

growing Russian sage at

Despite the drought the Russian Sage has grown tall and has lots of blooms that the pollinators love. I cut some of the hosta flower stalks and the Russian sage to put in a vase on the deck. Lovely scent from the sage.

finding gypsy moths at

Along with the good in the garden comes the bad. A gypsy moth caterpillar was discovered one day and there were lots of moths flitting around. They are hard to capture but one landed on the front window and I was able to get a photo of the underside of it and a couple from the outside. I love the double shadow in the bottom right photo. These are not welcome in any garden as they lay eggs which turn into caterpillars which will destroy certain trees. Every day I’m looking for more of them and hoping to destroy them.

the tomato hornworm at

So there is the good, the bad and now the ugly (and bad too). The tomato hornworm which turns into a five spotted moth was discovered on the tomato plants. A pair of them got cut off and went for a long underwater swim. Luckily I discovered them before they did a huge amount of damage to the plants. Now a daily task every day is looking to see if there are any more.

The other bad critter that I’m been woking at eliminating is the heliopsis aphids. I’ve been spraying with Neem oil and it is working. There are fewer and fewer of the aphids on the plants. This project has been a success.

the Polish Spirit clematis at

Another plant that has bloomed well during this dry spell is the Polish Spirit clematis. It grows in the corner of the trellis garden.

orioles and goldfinches at

The birds continue to frequent the feeders and there were lots of young ones being fed by adults. The young oriole was enjoying the liquid food along with the male adult oriole. The young goldfinch now fends for itself at one of the seed feeders.

We didn’t spend as much time in the garden during July as it was so hot. We have also been able to venture out a bit more as restrictions are lifting. We have visited a few of our favourite places during the weekdays. On weekends we stay at home as there are just too many people visiting our area from places that still have a very high count of covid19. I’m hoping August will bring us some much needed rain to bring the rest of the garden back to life again.

garden line

I’m sharing with: Through my Garden Gate, Saturday’s Critters, Nature Notes, My Corner of the World

20 Responses

  1. eileeninmd

    Hello Linda,

    All your flowers are gorgeous. I love the Russian Sage in the vase. The clematis is beautiful and one of my favorites. The caterpillars are pretty even though they are bad..
    Great captures of the Orioles, I wish I saw them in my yard too. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Enjoy your day, have a great weekend! PS, thanks for visiting my blog and for the comment.

    • Crafty Gardener

      Hi Eileen, the Russian sage is such a magnet for bees and pollinators. All critters are interesting and make for lots of photo opportunities. Enjoy the weekend.

  2. Lavender Dreams

    You have some beautiful lavender colored flowers this summer. And some pretty birds there too. We still stay home a lot too and just go places when we have to for groceries. At least we can hike some when it’s not so hot and that helps. Happy weekend.

    • Crafty Gardener

      Lavender or purple seems to be the colour in bloom right now, liatris, coneflowers, alliums just finishing. Enjoy your walks when you can get out. We keep hearing how high Florida covid19 numbers are so hope things are okay in your area.

  3. hetty gruener

    I have heard that the Rose if Sharon is easy to propagate. I should try that. Yours is a fantastic colour! Love those Baltimore Orioles. I always have them visiting me when my mulberry tree is fruiting.

    • Crafty Gardener

      The rose of sharon was so easy to propagate, wishing I did some more now, but there is always next year. Thanks for stopping by Hetty.

  4. Lorrie

    Beautiful flowers in spite of the heat. The Russian Sage is so pretty – like a blue cloud. Love the Rose of Sharon. The caterpillars – not so much. I wish you success in keeping them away.

    • Crafty Gardener

      Hi Lorrie, the Russian sage is all droopy today as we finally had some rain, but it will perk back up once it dries out a bit. Enjoy your weekend.

  5. My Corner of the World

    It sounds like you have been busy keeping everything great for your creature visitors and people visitors, too :)

    I’m so happy to see your link at ‘My Corner of the World’ this week!! Thanks for linking up with us.

    • Crafty Gardener

      Not as many visitors this year due to restrictions on numbers for gatherings, but thank goodness for cameras and social media. Have a lovely day.

  6. Linda

    The rose of Sharon is so pretty I’m pleased you have successfully propagated them, I love free plants, it looks like your garden is thriving despite the heat, we have had a cold July here I’m hoping August will be better. I don’t like the look of those caterpillars at all, good luck in keeping their numbers down, I’m glad the aphid treatment is working! your vase of flowers looks so pretty and so does the vase. I hope you have a happy August in your garden. xx

    • Crafty Gardener

      Hope August is a bit warmer for you Linda. We are having a rainy day so I’m getting lots of little jobs done inside plus a few repairs to some garden whimsy. I’m starting to paint some more little rock houses for my collection.

  7. Myrtle

    Linda, your flowers are beautiful, We have lot’s of baby moths flying around. Al has sprayed the trees and they do look better. I really like the Russian sage, almost as much as Lavender, lots we don’t have here.

  8. Margie

    Your flowers look great! I also have rose of sharon in my garden–they continue to do well despite my lack of a green thumb. HA!

    I managed to survive the July heatwave with no A/C. Thank goodness for my fans and cold brewed teas!

    I’m still staying close to home, but I did visit my parents’ house last month (we’re double bubbling).

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