I think I was much luckier than most of you who had triple digit temperatures. We definitely had too little moisture and quite a bit of heat for northern Minnesota.
Believe it or not, our growing season here is almost done. We can get frost almost any time now, especially after September 1st. I am going to continue to water my flowers (with the hose) but as of today, I have stopped deadheading and fertilizing (the really big jobs). I am anxious to move on to some fall projects and keeping these annuals alive and beautiful is a big job.
The following are photos of my flowers today. Some still look great, but some are leggy. The perennials are pretty much done blooming.
The hanging galvanized pails. These are still exceptionally beautiful but they had a slow start with the cutworm caterpillar attack.
The potting bench area.
The front yard border and wheelbarrow. How about that Diamond Frost atop the step ladder? Fabulous!
The vintage bicycle basket impatiens are in full bloom.
This is the old tree house ladder with impatiens in a galvanized minnow bucket and its insert.
The kitchen fairy garden is still healthy but very overgrown. Can you still find the rusty metal fairy?
These violas and ornamental oregano in the kitchen fairy garden are so pretty!
These purple, gold, and white annuals were in terra cotta pots I planted for centerpieces at my daughter's grad party! I had golf flags with her school photos in each one.
The moss rose and succulent bed did well this year!
The impatiens in wood boxes in front of the gray painted futon ends are almost covering the plates and cherub on the right side!
The purple verbena and alyssum in a pot in the rusty milk can. The can still has a metal label, Oscar Larson, Bagley, Minnesota!
And finally, the hens and chicks survived the summer planted in barnacles in the New Guinea impatiens pot!
There's more flowers but some of them were just featured in the post "August Annuals".
Thanks for your great comments on all my garden posts this season! I loved them!