I grew annual trailing red verbena last year in the front garden, but this year opted for pansies and lavender petunias. The verbena came up from seeds from last years plants, and has just started blooming.
The Queen Anne's Lace is blooming amid the mums, which are blooming a bit early this year. How can anyone call it a weed? A wild flower, definitely, but a weed?
I have pulled ragweed, and quack grass, and even some dandelions in the vegetable garden, but I've been leaving the wild mustard. The yellow flowers look cheerful and bright amid the rows of veggies.
The leaves of many of my early bloomers have browned and withered and I will not see them again until next year. The iris are patches of sturdy leaves with dark pods, and some of the orange daylilies, which have finished blooming, have already been cut back in the first steps of cleaning the garden up for summer's end. The yellow hyperion lilies are still blooming, though only a few buds remain.
Night Beacon has exhausted its buds, but these Autumn Red Daylily are still blooming. Many of the pansies planted in the cool days of early summer are still blooming and colorful.
Final Touch has been blooming for a week or so now, but this is my first picture of it here. This was a bargain bin daylily, purchased for a dollar, that did not bloom the first several years after it was planted. Our patience is rewarded with these lovely flowers.
In the butterfly garden, the balloon flowers are still blooming, though the brilliant orange butterfly weed nearby has gone to seed.
Just Beginning to Bloom
The zinnias at the end of each row of the vegetable garden are in full bloom.
Two little sunflowers came along for the ride when I transplanted some white lilacs given to me by a neighbor. The lilac in this spot did not survive summer's heat, but the petite sunflowers are are thriving in the country sunshine.
photography note: All photos by Aisling, August 17, 2008 These were taken with my daughter's Nikon CoolPix L4. The macro photos have a slightly different quality than my usual close-ups. I'm saving for a new camera, because my old one "gave up."