|A patch of Echinacea, towering for now over a golden Catalpa, which I'm hoping will one day be much bigger|
|I love the orange buttons in the center|
|Still to open Rudbeckia, with a surprise hanging under it -- looks like a Daddy Long-Legs|
|Monarda 'Raspberry Wine' which the hummers fight over endlessly|
If you click here, you can see photos from earlier in the year when I had just finished redoing that bed. At the time I said that there was still plenty of room in the bed for more plants. Mmmmm....maybe not.
Here's a view of that bed from my back porch, where I sometimes sit with a cup of coffee and a book in the afternoon. The hummers can be a distraction, as watching them is more captivating than reading.
|Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice'|
|Liatris and a sleeping bee|
|Coreopsis 'Red Shift'|
|Echinacea 'After Midnight'|
|The center buttons are much redder than the species, and the stems as well|
|Penstemon 'Tubular Bells'|
|Aging Hydrangea quercifolia flower|
|Dahlia (I'm sure I could find the name if I really tried)|
|Tiny Hydrangea flower on the dark-leaved Hydrangea that I bought earlier this spring|
|My Asters are starting to flower, a sign I usually think heralds fall....|
|Noooooo! A Japanese Anemone, another sign of the dreaded fall|
I may be making a mountain out of a molehill, but...
|A mole, maybe a whole family of them, is messing up my dry stream/rock edging|
|At least they're not coming up in the lawn, or in the middle of the bed. But I'd prefer that they not come up at all.|
|'Black Beauty' Lily|
|Helenium 'Red Shades' -- I saved seeds from this last year, but none of them sprouted, so it may be sterile. Or maybe the bits that I saved weren't actually the seeds.|
|Blackberry lily, with its adorable twisty candy-like spent flowers|
|Eryngium 'Blue Hobbit' -- another plant that I saved seeds from last year, which sprouted. We'll see if the seedlings retain this small stature|
|Monarda 'Jacob Cline'|
It's flowering well, but very floppy. I moved it here from a different spot in the same bed earlier this year. I don't know why this one flops and 'Raspberry Wine' stands so nice and tall. The 'Raspberry Wine' is in richer, more moisture-retentive soil, and gets afternoon shade. This is a sunny, drier spot with sandy soil. I'm thinking I may move the 'Jacob Cline' into the back garden in the fall, where the soil is better, and see what happens next year.
|Here's that bed from the other side, my neighbor's view|
|And here's a visitor to the Agastache in the gravel garden, captured a couple of days after they were buzzing me in the back garden. I love its tiny feet all tucked up.|
Garden Blogger's Bloom Day is a blogging meme started by Carol Michel of the blog May Dreams Gardens. Check out her post here as well as all the other links from blogs all over the world, celebrating their flowers for the month of August.
I usually join in Foliage Followup, the day after GBBD, but I may not this month. In fact, my blog may be quiet for just a little while. My son is coming for a week's visit in a couple of days, and we have all sorts of plans!