Well folks, this is it. This is as good as it gets. The garden is at its absolute peak right now. There are some late summer salvias that are not in bloom yet, but apart from that, everything is out of control, including–in the background, against the fence–a yellow ‘Lady Hillingdon’ rose that has gone completely mad. She’s normally a well-behaved, reserved old lady, but this year she just went wild. I attribute it to the bat guano pellets I fed her a few weeks ago.
I’m not much of a rose person, but ‘Lady Hillingdon’ was here when I moved in, and I’m learning how to get along with her. The canes are a beautiful burgundy, quite dramatic next to the creamy yellow blooms. Not much scent and they don’t last long as a cut flower, but this is one of those lovely sprawly, shrubby roses that doesn’t like to be cut back too much. Fortunately, that works out pretty well with my approach to pruning.