What a Difference the HEAT Makes!

I confess I'm a bit of a fair-weather gardener.  I don't like to perspire.  It has turned quite hot here - 90 degrees accompanied by Indiana humidity.  When my husband came in from mowing the lawn today he said this may be as good as our yard will look for awhile.  It is starting to show signs of dryness/distress.  The cool and wet spring has resulted in quick growth for our perennials.  It will be interesting to see how they handle the abrupt heat we've been having the past few days. 

The white roses have started to bud and blossom.  I have always liked their contrast with the cabin backdrop.  When I find my plant tag, I'll identify the flowering ground cover (aha! Lamium maculatum 'White Nancy')  in the bottom pictures.  It was new last year and I don't remember it flowering.  I'm delighted!  I was attracted to it because of the variegated leaves...the flowers add to the pleasure. It grows in the bed shown just above the two pictures (to one side of our house).  

I'm happy the two Russian sage plants I planted last year are doing so well.  I was sorry to lose several plants a couple of years ago when new sidewalks were installed in front of our home.  I tried (unsuccessfully) to transplant a few and ended up purchasing the two in the second picture from the top.


  1. Thanks for sharing your gardens with all of us. I have a different variety of the plant in the last picture. The blossoms on mine are pink and the foliage is a different variegation. I bought mine from Frank's Nursery and Crafts when we moved in this house many years ago. I miss Frank's...they always had lots of good plants.

  2. I hope you get a little reprieve from the heat.
    Is your ground cover some type of lamium? I'm not sure from that angle.
    Glad you got some Russion Sage again. It is so easy. We have a big swath of it. It is hard to transplant. Those roots go deep.

  3. It does indeed look great. The hosta bed looks cool and inviting:)

  4. I've transplanted 2 types of fern and what I call Lamb's ear, mirtal(I know that's spelt wrong)and a varigated ground cover, from a garden in Lansing. What I really wanted to bring home, was a iron wheel. Looks like it came off an old tractor. We couldn't get it in my car or in the trunk. Guess we'll have to go back to Lansing with my husbands van.