During the years that my husband was on active duty and we moved around, I learned a lot about gardening in different regions of the country. Different regions have peak seasons it seemed to me. I moved from North Carolina to Boston one summer and I was struck by how beautiful gardens were in August in Boston. August gardens in North Carolina are usually struggling, gasping for water and relief from the relentless heat.
In the DC area, where I live now, late spring/early summer is the time for our best garden. We had a nice rainy spring that we humans complained about but the flowers loved. And, we have not had a lot of super hot days so far. Those are perfect conditions.
A few years ago I discovered Monarda or Bee Balm. These spiky flowers provide beautiful color and drama in the shade garden. They are vigorous spreaders and I have to thin them out or they would take over. My hydrangea is complaining about the lack of space for her fluffy blooms.
The lacecap hydrangea has shot up also, almost obscuring the birdhouse. The bird parents like it though, since it provides a little cover as they go to and fro.
I don’t get to sit down much during these busy gardening days. But I love my time working among my plants and flowers. It all goes by too quickly.
How is your garden doing these days?