There are a few things about this year's garden that have surprised or amazed me. For instance, the Pachypodium lamerei...
...has been flowering constantly for almost 60 days. I did not expect this!
It just keeps pushing out blooms!
I don't detect any scent, but I can't get close enough for a good sniff. I don't see any fruit forming, but I've read it is pollinated only by moths, and I suspect they have to be pretty large ones.
Also amazing are the castor beans growing next to the deck:
This seems like the tallest they've ever gotten, almost 24 inches (60cm) above the deck railing with some time still left in the season!
Also amazing but in a less positive way are the castor beans next to the driveway:
These are usually 8-10' tall at this time, but this year they're less than half of that! Surely they were crowded out by Agastache foeniculum this year -- I really should have thinned those plants!
Back to the deck for a minute:
It amazes me that a vine (Hyacinth bean, Lablab purpurea) can have all of its leaves stripped when young, yet still creep its way upward until it is above deer-chomping height. This one emerged a couple of weeks ago and as you can see is now beautifying the deck. So nice!
And finally, a surprise of my own making. It amazes me how a little bit of colored wood...
...can make a little mess of a spot look almost planned. Love that color!
Anything amazing you about this summer's garden?