In Chicago, in August/September,the late summer garden and yard is my favorite time of the year.
Everything finally fills in and looks lush! Birds are singing and everything is so green!!! It’s a shame how fleeting it is. Once we get our first heavy frost my yard becomes a barren wasteland. In fact, to prove my point, here is a fake book cover I wasted waaaaayy too much time on this morning.
Not. Even. Kidding. I know you Midwestern gardeners get it. Are you with me?
Anyhoo, while the yard does still look fantastic, I thought I would share a few snaps with you.
I know my legs and boots are just what you wanted to see, but I am in love with our pea gravel path.I think we need more in our yard and I am considering turning the grassy area behind our brick patio into a pea gravel area.
We could put a table out there, or our fire pit. Also, It gets a little wet there so I think it would drain better too.
This is the view from the other side. Do you see those monster marigolds? They are almost 3 feet tall and haven’t bloomed yet!
Somebody put the wrong seeds in the wrong package at the seed factory. Those are not what I bought but they are cool. I can’t wait to see what they look like when they bloom….If they ever do.
I planted some red heirloom sunflowers this year. They aren’t very tall, but they are really pretty. There are two varieties and are a red color.
One is a bit deeper than the other.
I was a little ticked off when the packages came because one only had 3 freaking seeds in it and it was like $7! Luckily, they are prolific, so I have already started saving the heads for next year.
Red sunflowers for everyone!
I moved things around on our deck a bit, and moved the roadside find bench to under the eaves where it would take less of a beating from the weather.
The mirror was a very awesome Target clearance item.
I moved our Adirondack chairs to the other side near the deck squash I didn’t plant.
I am not sure what variety it is. It just kind of came up on it’s own and I let the vine go, so for now I am calling it deck squash.
I’ll share more of my yard later. And Little is doing better. We have a follow up appointment so hopefully she’ll be going back to school coon. I can tell she is feeling better because she is bored and fighting with her sisters. Ah, the sweet sounds in life.