Hoe & Shovel September back garden
September is not typically the supreme month for showy gardens in this area. Summer's intense and yet very erratic conditions with sometimes rain and sometimes none takes its toll on so many living things.
Working in this environment for so many years has taught me a few things about my particular garden. One of them I am endeavoring to master is how to make the garden last into September.
There was a time when so much of the garden had faded away with the sunshine as August turned the corner to the remaining days of summer.
It's no secret Hoe and Shovel is enamored with and dependent upon caladiums. As a tribute to their stamina and stalwart habits in this sometimes difficult Florida climate let's have another look around at all their loveliness at this point in the season.
Caladiums in all their unique forms, varying heights, diversity of color make for an enduring display, as the long hours of daylight shorten turning into autumn... be it ever so gradually in this part of the county.
Standing tall and blending in with the foundational plants and perennials, caladiums provide the summer garden with an unexpected pop of brightness. Caladiums have more than done their share of duty this summer at Hoe & Shovel adding interest to almost every nook and cranny...
... blending in with the existing vignettes that supply the main interest all seasons of the year.
Planted tightly and closely together in each bed, as they begin to fade and wilt, the farewell to them for the season isn't so noticeable at first. Their hardy show won't be perking up the garden but for a few more weeks.
Which is why I'm still snapping away to capture each stage of their 4-5 month life.
We'll leave them in the ground when there's no more bloom and hope not to disturb the bulbs as we fill in the gaps they leave with other plants for the next season.
It's been a happy 'caladium summer' and I never want to say farewell to these favorite standards of my garden but one good thing to look forward to once they are gone is some cooler weather. Life is all about trade offs isn't it?
Hope you have enjoyed one more tour of the pretty heart shaped leaves that bring me so much gardening joy. Thanks for stopping by...