You're probably saying, "hey! not much work going on this summer!" and you would be correct. I can't blame the weather - it's been delightfully cooler than normal and way, way, way less humid. In short ... great gardening weather.
May thru July I could easily blame work - and I did - but things slowed down in August and now I really do have time to spend outside in the afternoons. Bottom line .... I'm lazy and have enjoyed a summer-long read-a-thon. Until Saturday. Was walking thru the nearby big box garden center when I saw this:
A huge pile of big, colorful pots - on sale! Seriously, $6.00 for a 22-inch pot. Somehow two of them came home in my van. Imagine that!
And, they found good homes.
In the front, I replaced an older, boring gray pot. It has a rust-colored chrysanthemum and and red sedum [i think it's Sedum 'Red Carpet'], so is just coming into its good season.
Can't wait for the hinoki grass to get larger and fill in a bit more. Probably need to order six more to help that process along a bit. The ones I got from White Flower Farms have done much better than the ones I got locally, so will go back to them.
In the back, I moved the blueberry bush into a larger home. It is finally growing well - perhaps responding the the systematic feeding that I have done this season.
You can see below that I put about half of the sedum here to help fill in. And, while I was in the area, I cleaned up the weeds and dead leaves and mulched. Now, I need to level up the pot!
There is already a nearby patch of Sedum 'John Cheepers', which is very similar in shape and size, but green, rather than red. I think they will be happy together.
Now, if I can just keep the birds from eating all the blueberries!