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Sweet peas and calamint

High 72 F
Low 46.4F

August morning in the garden

Clear, bright and no humidity makes for a perfect day!  The annuals  are providing spots of color in the garden until the asters start their bloom.Dsc_0017 This mornings' walk around the garden seemed a bit lackluster with the coolness and smell of fall in the air.  The sweet pea blooms have been sorely lacking this season but I did manage to get this shot Dsc_0006

and the vines are looking good so perhaps there will be a bumper fall bloom of sweet peas.  Since I started planting them four or five years ago  I find that I cannot do without at least one or two sniffs per year as the fragrance is sweet, unique and memorable.  If you haven't tried them you might want to consider growing a few or, at least, buy a bouquet from your florist and steep your nose in them.  It is an indulgence, the buying not the sniffing, but one that won't disappoint!

The Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight' is now in full bloom and it carries emerging panicles in the lime shade as well as fully open panicles in this creamy white.Dsc_0016

Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight'

A few years ago I added Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta to the garden.   It is a quietly dignified plant with great texture and small, glossy, green leaves. It has a mounded shape and sits well in the front of the border.Dsc_0001

It starts to bloom in August and it covers itself with these little white flowers. Dsc_0002 A misty aura surrounds the plant.  It is a member of the Lamiaceae family and has a significant bit of fragrance.  It is hardy in zones 5-7 and while it is a great 'filler' plant it is regal enough to stand  as a focal point.  Is anyone else growing this plant?