Happy 4th of July weekend! Summer sure is scootin’ along fast. And the garden has moved from spring blooms to mid-summer blooms. I was out several times this past week getting photos.
I have various colors of Yarrow. It is the easiest perennial to grow. Last year was the first year I planted them, and they did pretty good. Now this second season they are fabulous. We had a storm and it knocked some of them over.
Another easy perennial is the cone flower. I have several varieties in the garden.
The daisies have opened up recently, too.
The butterfly bush has gone wild. It has pink and purple blooms. Last year it had white, too, but I haven’t seen any of those this year.
Here is a Hollyhock flower. This one is from a plant I purchased at a nursery last year. This past spring I planted some seeds. They take 2 years to bloom. I’ve read they only live 2 years, but at my last house, I had some that lived for several years. Did you know that in the 1800’s hollyhocks were used to hide the outhouse? The common courteous question of a visitor to their host was ‘Where are your hollyhocks, please?’ when they needed to use the bathroom.
Here’s a view of the garden from the left side. The purple spikey flowers behind the daisies are Hyssop.
And here’s a view from the right. The orange flowers up front are Butterfly Milkweed. They are just starting to go to pod.
A partial shadey side garden in my backyard I have some Lacecap Hydrangea. They’re not as top heavy as regular hydrangea.
This Lacecap starts out purple.
And then turns blue as it ages.
Over the next month other plants will start blooming. I love, love, love the constant changes of blooms.
Have a fun, safe holiday!