Well, the past six weeks of near constant rain and lower than usual temps haven't been too unkind to the garden, in spite of my near-neglect.
After several years of struggling with my neighbor's growing trees shading the roses around the patio; plus the aphids, japanese beetles, and mildew that plague roses when you don't want to use chemicals, I surrendered. I took up the roses that hadn't done well, only saving an old spray-flowered shrub rose and one climber. Hydrangeas have done very well for us, and I love the flower heads that change color all season. So, I bought a few more, moved the climbing hydrangea from the back garden to the patio when my neighbors replaced the fence; and aim to eventually have the patio totally surrounded by hydrangeas in white and blue, with white impatiens in front. I love how white flowers look at night when we're sitting outside.
We had glorious clematis for two lovely weeks.
The perennial sweet peas are going to need to be tamed next year. They tried to take over the fence and the driveway.
Here's part of the back garden today.
The tomatoes are very happy.
We picked the first sungold last night!
Potatoes are doing well. Yukon Golds and an early red-skinned.
We're not going to get many grapes this year--so many of the early grapes just withered.