Down the hill, behind the house in the Butterfly garden, where camera-shy swallowtails hang out, I took photos of these Ganzania's which are a new-to-me annual.
As I walked in my gardens today, camera in hand, I tried to catch the beautiful Eastern Tiger Swallowtails in a photograph. Alas, they evaded me and so you will see only flowers and green leaves today. Trust me, if I manage to photograph my fluttering friends, I will post the photo here later! Rain clouds are looming on the edge of the sky, so I may have had my last garden meander for today. The photo above is a Galliardia, or blanket flower that I planted from seed. It was supposed to be a solid burgandy blanket flower to suit the dark color scheme of my front garden. As I wrote in my "Spirit Bead" post, quite some time ago, sometimes I am not the only designer at work in my garden.
Below are Ruby Cloud Masterwort, or Astrantia, Black Lace Elderberry, and two dark velvet purple pansies all from the front garden.
In the Orchard Garden, in Haiku's rose and herb bed, a lush tangle is blooming. This dianthus, Candy Dish, is sumptous, and these rosebuds (on the same plant, though their coloration is different) are almost ready to bloom. This pretty Sweet William, a cousin to the dianthus, is tucked in amid rampant catmint and peppermint.
Now, I'm off to eat popcorn and read a fantasy novel one of my brothers loaned to me. Happy Sunday friends!
all photos by Aisling, Sunday June 22, 2008