Feeling a bit out of it this morning after a week of meetings and travel, and a walk around the garden didn't really help: raccoons dug into a couple of dozen pots that were waterlogged since it rained quite a bit while I was away. So I had to spend some time replanting little colocasia tubers and digging through the muck.
It was too wet to really enjoy the stroll but I did find a few things that gave me a bit of a lift. This is a new hardy hibiscus I'm planning on planting where my 'Grosso' lavender was. I can't remember the name right now, but it will add some foliar color to that section of the prairie beds.
Clematis contributes even after the blooms are gone:
Gaillardia blooms always delight, especially up close:
Bees really love these too -- I saw one of the larger metallic green bees on it last weekend. It was there every time I looked!
Speaking of things that bees (and everything else it seems) really like:
The common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is simply dominating the prairie beds right now. Not only because the plants are 5' (1.5m) tall and there are a dozen stalks this year, but because of the fragrance -- so wonderful! I'll do a separate post on this plant next week.
These look so metallic in person!
Enjoy the weekend, enjoy your gardens!