As I wandered through our local five-and-dime-esque store (yes, we have one...isn't that awesome? I LOVE my town) this weekend, I noticed something that made me back up and look again.
What? Didn't summer just start? School supplies?
But wait. I counted (math is not my strong suit) and came to the realization that one of my children starts school again in six weeks...and the other, in just four weeks.
Seasons, for all their beauty, have one thing in common: they go by fast. And before you know it, we'll be prepping our gardens for fall (article on that subject to come, mark this spot). It's less than week and a half until August, and after that, we'll all be gearing up for the next season in earth's life cycle.
But there's still some time to celebrate summer - and to get in some amazing blooming beauties for your garden. Here are five great late-summer blooming choices (see the article that inspired them here).
More than just a pretty face, coneflower does double duty by repelling deer naturally from your garden.
Tickseed's beautiful yellow (or yellow with orange) coloring makes it a great summer to fall transitional decoration.
Yarrow grows like crazy, so even if you're planting late, you'll have color in no time.
4. Black-Eyed Susan
I have planted these year after year after year. These are another great "seasons transition" choice.
I veered off the original article to include my own hands-down favorite late summer flower: the zinnia. Amazing variety, beautiful colors, long bloom time, what's not to love?
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Rain is, well...water. So why use a rain barrel when you can just hook your hose to the outdoor spigot and get all that you need? If you're eco-conscious, you're probably already aware that water is not an infinite resource. And for some, filtered, piped city water is a monthly expense...
Around here, we talk quite a bit about compost. If you're not yet a compost convert, you might want to know exactly why you'd want to use your own compost. We think you'll be surprised at how this easy-to-create, natural product can boost your garden.