The mornings are a bit chilly, which is nice when I have to go out and work my tail off. It's also been quite wet lately, and I found dog stinkhorns hiding with the weeds amongst the herbs and irises. They look like orange Nerf darts with muddy tops. Once I got rid of the sun-occluding weeds, the stinkhorns started drying up in the August sun... and I didn't get a photo of the funky looking things in full "bloom". Here's one I got from the web:
I did try to start a new bed behind the shed (it's a northen exposure, mostly shade) on Sunday before my mom and aunt stopped by for lunch, but I was deterred by a great amount of trap rock buried under the soil. I'd have to spend more time on amending the soil and screening out that rock than I care to, so I think that I'll make raised beds or a container garden back there instead. I can't even see that spot from my house - it'll be more for the neighbors' viewing pleasure than mine. I suppose just having repaired the shingles and painting it a few years back was an improvement, but I like to make pretty things for people to look at. In any case, the shipment of plants I got in from Royal Dutch went into the shady bed on the east side of the house instead. I have to call them because 4 of the poker primroses that I received were just mush, and I doubt that anything is going to come up.
Next weekend, I think I'll try to dig the black-eyed Susans out of the sloped wildflower bed and start trying to tame that area a bit. I like the wildflowers in June, but by August they look like a weedy mess. The Chinese forget-me-nots (while beautiful & blue in June) are now gnarled grey things with the stickiest Velcro-like seeds ever. I had an unhappy incident a few weeks ago when I got them stuck in my hair.