|Hosta Fragrant Blue|
When I returned from summer vacation, I checked the yard and only a few plants had bloomed. Hosta Fragrant Blue had spikes of white flowers. I was anxious to find out if I could detect a fragance, as some information I had read said these hostas have little to no fragrance. Alas, I could detect no fragrance.
Maybe conditions have to be perfect for the fragrance to develop. I know it was extremely hot here while we were gone, in the upper 90's to 100 probably with heat indexes that were in the 100's. Since we have been back, it has been in the upper 90's to 100 with heat indexes up to 110 a few days. I have noticed a lot of dead bugs (bees, locusts, flies) on the ground when I walk the dog, and I wonder if the heat has done them in.
Another plant that was flowering when we returned and still is flowering is Heuchera Caramel. It has the tiniest white flowers. I thought the flowers would be a little larger. The heuchera has lost a lot of its' caramel color throughout the season, but the underside of the leaves still have some caramel to light maroon color.
In the woodland garden I noticed that one of the five ligularias had bloomed. I thought these plants were ligularia "rocket" variety, but this bloom is not a spike four feet tall. The bloom is no taller than the plant itself. None of the other ones have bloomed, so they may not be in the ideal place. I may try to dig them up and put them in the side perennial garden.
As a reminder that fall is soon coming, I saw the first acorns from the oaks fall in the yard this week. I hate to see fall come, but it is supposed to be a fairly warm autumn, so maybe it will seem like the continuation of summer.