We have received plenty of rain this summer. Everything has grown so lush. The view up the drive of the garden gate is very impressive!
We walked part of the Raleigh Greenway I like to call Capital Swamp because it has a long boardwalk over a marsh and pond. There were many turtles and young ducks.
It’s very amazing this area is so close to downtown!
Parts of the greenway are also wooded.
And there were several Great Blue Herons today!
Of course, we had to stop by India Mahal for lunch!
Back in the garden the Bumble bees were enjoying the Rose-of-Sharons (Althea) which were coming into their blooming season.
They come in shades of blue/purple, red/pink, and white, and either have red throats or plain throats. The seed prolifically so there are many volunteers!
They can grown into large shrubs/small trees so I like to trim them back to about knee high every five years or so.
Beautiful and easy!