Aren't these blooms gorgeous? I do not possess a green thumb. Any success I've had in gardening is purely accidental. Generally at this point in the summer, my garden looks more neglected than thriving. But the rainy summer seems to be doing wonders.
For the first time in three years (since I planted it, actually) my hydrangea bloomed. The amount of iron in the soil determines the color of the blossoms. We must have quite the mix because the blooms range from a pale pink to lavender, sometimes in the same blossom.
The rose is a Queen Elizabeth rose and I planted it probably eight or 10 years ago. It's always seemed to struggle. But the blooms are magnificently rich in color and the stems appear to be long.
Thought I'd share this tableau on my bedside table.