I worked all day yesterday to recover the front porch cushions and make throw pillows to match. I bartered for this chicken fabric long time ago. I made the containers for the front of a fabric store and she gave me some pretty fabric in return. I want to paint the pots yellow.
We are out here several times a day and almost every evening rain or shine. There is ceiling fan to help stir the air on the muggiest of days like today. I’m sure to take a rest from gardening and get a glass of sweet tea. Some days I bring my laptop out and chit chat from the swing.
All the cushions come off easily for washing. I don’t like to sit on dirty or mildewed cushions. Mildew hasn’t been a problem the last two years cause of the drought but this year is a whole new ballgame. We’ve had more rain than sunshine. Today it’s really humid and a perfect set up for mildew. I can nip that in the bud with a good trip to the washing machine. I like my stuff to smell good anyway.
Here is one of my Bee Balms, the Lo and Behold Blue Chip buddleia that is one of my all time favorite shrubs from Proven Winners. It’s a dwarf that will never grow any taller than what you see. But oh the blooms it puts out. A butterfly magnet. I’ve also got Coconut Lime Coneflower there too.
As a reminder to some, I planted my gardens later this year. I work my annuals hard and I wanted them to last longer. They kept fizzling out on me before the season was done which can be November around here. Now it’s all starting to bloom nicely and perfectly timed for a long season of enjoyment.
Cameron wrote about this monarda not long ago if you care to get technical about it. She’s the techy expert. I’ll just plan on going over to her blog and seeing what’s she writing about so I can steal all her hard work. 😉 It’s called Raspberry Wine.