It was insanely windy today! Combined with the heat from earlier in the week, my garden was parched and the ground was dry as a bone. I planted five heath asters and more wild petunia (ruellia humilis), both native plants. Finding plants that do well in dry shade and also attract pollinators and butterflies is incredibly challenging. Of course, all problems were solved by just turning to my favorite native plant suppliers!
I started laying the soaker hoses, finally!! I'm hooking three up to rain barrels, which I'm hoping will cut down on my summer water bills. I've seen several different types of butterflies in the garden already. Some flew by so quickly I couldn't tell what kind they were. A huge yellow Eastern swallowtail sailed past me today. I hope it laid eggs in the parsley.