In the garden today

Here are some new pictures you might enjoy:

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Berries of cranberrybush viburnum, V. trilobum, look almost too beautiful to be real. Soon they’ll be bright red, but despite that attractive color, birds don’t eat them until winter.

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A detail of the flower of nodding pink onion, Allium cernuum.

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And a view of several flower heads. This is a great front-of-the-border plant, only about 18″ tall.

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As orange butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) finishes blooming, the Rudbeckias take over for the rest of the summer. This is R. subtomentosa, an indomitable plant if there ever was one.

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Wild petunia, Ruellia humilis, is another great front-of-the-border plant. It’s perennial and well-adapted to poor, dry soil.

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And let’s not forget about shade plants for summer color. Great blue lobelia, Lobelia siphilitica, blooms throughout the month of August and into September.

Ripening fruit

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Fruits of cranberry bush viburnum, V. trilobum, are just beginning to show color. Soon they will be bright, shiny red, but the birds won’t eat them until winter.

If you’ve read this blog for a while, you’ve probably realized that I’m obsessed with fruit. I noticed today that two of the many fruiting shrubs in my garden are “in that delightful state, when farther beauty is known to be at hand, and when, while much is actually given to the sight, more yet remains for the imagination.” Jane Austen always said everything best.

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Look carefully amongst the leaves–fruits of black chokeberry, Aronia melanocarpa, turn reddish before they turn black. As soon as they’re ripe, birds will devour them.