J UNGLE CONDITIONS NOTWITHSTANDING, some things are still standing here, and even looking good. I wanted to make sure to give each one its due so that these brave souls, who didn’t pack up and float away lately with all the you-know-what, know that I appreciate their courage and tenacity. And so I offer some apparently tough highlights of early July that you may wish to try yourself, including Actaea racemosa, above (which I still call Cimicifuga, taxonomic dinosaur that I am, sorry), and…
The preposterous purple cones of the Korean fir, Abies koreana, a great conifer (above), stand out defiantly against any force of nature, it seems.
Astilboides tabularis is in bloom (above, in front of a hydrangea), an amazing plant for shade that gets so many questions from visitors (though I grow it more for its giant leaves, bottom of frame).
Any day now: A favorite shrub, the bottlebrush buckeye or Aesculus parviflora (above), is about to do its thing, rebounding despite a hard year in 2008.
Hummingbird favorites like salvias (above) and Nicotiana are delighting the ruby-throateds, with even better sipping ahead, if summery heat ever arrives.
Of course, who needs flowers to be beautiful? Not these leafy darlings,
including Ligularia, above (OK, it’s now called Farfugium, but who cares?). Like I said, I like my taxonomy the old way, and somewhat lite.