Sunday, July 20, 2014

My Garden Doesn't Sleep at Night

My garden doesn't sleep at night — I have proof.

Last evening on a cooler-than-usual July evening in the Indiana Heartland, I got an urge right before bedtime to grab my camera and set out into the dark of the night. I should warn fellow gardeners with a disclaimer that this 'extreme garden photography' sport can be dangerous and is not for the faint of heart. I didn't stop to think about the coyotes that roam the 100 acres next to our 5-acres. I didn't even care that I could have easily tripped and fallen face-first, probably bruising a knee from the garden hoses that someone left in the yard (yep, it was me.) Nothing would deter me: no skunks, raccoons, nor horrid voles or slugs that like to taunt me by nibbling on my prized hosts —  I was on a mission to find out what my garden looks like at night.

Here's the proof that my garden doesn't sleep at night.

Echinacea purpurea — purple coneflower that are beginning to attract the the gold finches. 

Hosta "American Icon" — a sport of H. "Choo Choo Train"
Tricolor ornamental pepper plant

Liatris spicata, the prairie gay feather 
Red Salvia seems to light up the night

(clockwise from top left) Hostas
'Great Expectations', "Sleeping Beauty' another 'Great Expectations' and 'Blue Angel'

Temari Red Verbena will continue to flower until frost.
Okay maybe this one does sleep.

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