Speaking of jungle areas, I was pretty tired by the time I made it back home to mine. It is not nearly as lush as the Costa Rican rainforest, nor as elegantly arid as the Madagascar desert biome. But there are some areas of lush dryness... so to speak.
When I put this pot of overwintered plectranthus argentatus out onto the driveway this spring, I had recently cut back the silver artemisia in the bed nearby. I realized that the two were getting cozy as the artemisia filled back in, but I also I couldn't help but notice how nice the whole composition looked, green pot and all. So here it remains:
This next picture of "lush dryness" really threw me for a loop:
That's hardy blue plumbago, ceratostigma plumbaginoides, mingling with the browning leaves of 'Frosted Curls' carex. Yikes! It's too early in the summer for me to see these two plants in this state already... isn't it?!
One good thing about the quick advance of the dog days of summer has been this:
Blackberries! While the fruit above and below the bird netting is picked clean every day, the netting allows me to enjoy handfuls of juicy, sweet, sun-warmed blackberry goodness every evening.
My garden assistant--also known as the thief of tomatoes and strawberries, and crusher of dianthus and sedum--somehow has decided that it's beneath her to work over the blackberries. I'm very happy about that, as she'll take a quick nap on the cool cement in the shade while I pick and eat the day's treasures:
Of course, when I tried to take her picture as she snoozed, she picked her head up and turned to look at me! I might have had a treat for her, you see--I usually keep one in my pocket to reward her for scaring off the squirrel, or keep her from barking at the neighbors.
And I may have been known to share a strawberry or two with her as well... I know, I know. I'm just teaching her which parts of which plants are tasty, and it's no wonder she quickly learns how to snuff out and bite off ripe strawberries. But really, could you resist a face like that?! :)