Ahh Abelia … I love the fragrance, I love the look of the flowers, I love the butterflies and bees it attracts. What’s not to love about Abelia? I have talked about this great shrub before.
It has gotten so much bigger since my first post a few years ago!
I was so fascinated by it that I had to find out more info. Now, I see them everywhere all over the landscapes of the South. They are ubiquitous, and I never noticed them before having the pleasure of caring for one the former owners of out house left behind on the sunny corner of the back deck.
I heavily harvested the overflowing oregano several times last year, and there seems to be even more this year. I love drying this herb for use later. I cut it with scissors, rinse it under cool water, then let it dry before I hang it upside down inside paper bags to dry.
A member of the ever versatile mint family, this plant is hardy and handy in the kitchen. I add dried oregano to so many recipes. I also grew rosemary and lots of lemon-lime basil that re-seeded itself in my raised bed. My favorite is always the lavender though, which has been very happy since I moved it from a container into the bed. It is now nicely nestled between the rosemary and oregano.
This rose bush had trouble this year. The leaves fell off several times, but they came back and then a few roses would bloom. The picture above was taken in May. There was another cycle of blooming in late July, and I noticed yet another bloom on the small, scraggly looking rosebush last week. The weather is still quite warm here, and it seems like the cool fall temps are a little late this year. I eventually cut the entire bush way back several times, because most of it seemed dead. I couldn’t figure out if it was a pest, or some natural occurrence, or a lack of something the plant needed.
I have not posted in several months, but have been collecting photos. I will make a few more cool posts from my garden this summer. It was sort of an off season this year. I did not plant any new seeds, but tended some plants that re-seeded in my raised garden bed, and in my compost pile inside the “Earth machine” . I have enjoyed cherry tomatoes all season that came from seeds that started themselves in the composter!