Now that the blistering heat of the summer is past, the dogs and my flowers can truly thrive. My snub-nosed pug and even snubbier Boston terrier just couldn't handle the 100 degree temperatures we had in August, and many of my flowers burned to an absolute crisp in the relentless sunshine we had every day. Now, everything has healed up a little and I thought it might be fun to walk through the yard and show you what's been growing and blooming on this BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday.
Here's a closeup of that flower behind Liam the pug. It's a dahlia, and fall is its time to shine. I've heard it said that dahlias simply cannot grow in pots, but clearly, that's not the case. They need deep pots, and they need plenty of water. But they can grow and thrive in a pot environment. That's good too, as dog pee will absolutely kill the blossoms on these plants. Pots keep them out of the pee range.
I'm a self-professed rose freak, and this Rock and Roll rose in the back yard is a real showstopper. It's a floribunda rose, so it grows incredibly tall with dense clusters of flowers. And this particular rose has been bred for health, so the leaves remain glossy and shiny without a speck of mildew.
Up front, I have this pretty Marilyn Monroe rose. I planted it in front, in part, because of the nasty thorns on this plant. I've never seen a rose with this many thorns in my entire life, and while my backyard roses are in a planter that's up off the ground (photos here), I worried about what would happen if the dogs hopped up to check out a plant and got poked by this girl. So she's in the front yard. Doing nicely, too!
This pretty plant struggled with the sun, and it's showing some colors right now that I don't usually see until late October. It's a Strawberry Sundae hydrangea that moves from white to pink to dusky rose as the season progresses. It's all dusky rose now, and while it's early, it's still pretty.
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