Thursday, July 16, 2015

Almost Time For Joe Pye

I'm not sure how I feel about this. I wait and wait and wait for what feels like an eternity for the end of summer when my part of the garden puts on its really big show. The Joe Pye and many of the other components of the big display have started budding out.

Now wait just a minute here. It is too soon. The daffodils were only gone last week. It can't be near the end of summer already.

There is no stopping things. The time of vegetation is only half the year.

What was one clump of Joe Pye is now a big sweep. There are many more dotted throughout the Tall Flower Meadow. This could be a really big show.

The Eryngium yuccifolium is blooming now, but it will hold this texture and look all through the final show and into the winter snows.

The sunny utility meadow has a peak bloom in mid summer while I wait for my late summer meadow.

I wait, but I'm not bored or lacking in wild flowers. It just keeps building to the final crescendo.


Carol McKenzie said...

I read "end of summer" and my heart sank. I just pulled off the last of the daffodil foliage yesterday. How can it be the end of summer?

I thought of you the other day. We have some giant Joe Pye weed in the ditches around here, and I'm waiting for it to seed, so I can collect some (which means I read your blog every day to see when you're collecting seeds). But at Lowe's they had a Baby Joe Pye on sale, which I can tuck into one of the more civilized corners of my garden. I kind of like the little guy.

There are giant teasel here that look like monstrous versions of your Eryngium. They are very invasive here, but they are so architectural looking.

Christopher C. NC said...

Carol it is the middle of summer for me now. My summer just doesn't quite make it to Sept 21st most years. Most of the Joe Pye being selected and sold in nurseries is shorter and darker colored. The much taller species can and will fall over. I also have a stem boring insect that gets in them and makes it worse. It outgrows all that and there is plenty left. We even have white and pale pink Joe Pye which I believe is a different species.

I saw a teasal up here once and loved it. They are so cool looking. It never spread itself around unfortunately.

Lisa Greenbow said...

I think you are lucky the teasel didn't take. It is very aggressive where it does take. Our Joe Pye is beginning to bloom too.

Carol McKenzie said...

Teasel is listed on Kentucky's invasive species list, so I try to avoid adding to the burden for those where it causes problems. But it is a very handsome plant. I do, however, leave the ironweed, which is also listed as a noxious weed. The pollinators love it. So I keep a few areas of that growing.

Lola said...

I remember Joe Pye, He is a beauty. Can't believe it's almost fall. But I love the fall.

Christopher C. NC said...

Lisa you are probably right about the teasal. I have enough thugs in the garden as it is.

Carol my garden must appall the farmers that drive by. All they see is a weed seed supply.

Lola I hope the rest of the summer goes slow.