The hummingbirds have arrived which is a sure sign that the dog days of summer are winding down. I always have mixed feelings greeting the hummers, because while I enjoy their antics I also know that the lazy, hazy days are shortening up and the temps are dropping. This summer has zoomed past all too fast and I would like nothing more than to linger just a little while longer and breathe in the scents of the roses.
The flowery shows give way to some weird looks in the garden, but I particularly like this one. These allium globes look like they are from outer space. I just know that there are tiny Martians hidden in those seedheads .This is a great plant in the garden. If you are making lists for next year take special note of "redbirds in a tree", scrophularia macrantha. The blossoms look just like little, tiny red birds sitting on a tree branch. This plant isn't fussy and is xeric. Those little hummers also appreciate seeing it in the garden so they can zoom in and take a nectar sip! Even if the calendar pages are turning toward colder, shorter days I will take time to lounge just a little longer and enjoy the changes in the garden. Mom