Thanks for all your wisdom about my dahlias. They are on the mend, despite my having done nothing except get my slugs drunk, and squish some borers. I'm sure those evil stalk borers are in the process of morphing into some other bug with plans of devouring my garden! Grr...!!!
As I write this Baby and Chance have paint in their fur, Scout is staring longingly at my coffee, convinced it tastes like chicken, Genie (the Weenie) is hiding from the paint cans and newly exposed subfloor, and Lucy, the dog in my profile picture, is patrolling the garden for squirrels. What do you get when you combine 5 dogs, 4 people, and 8 yrs of wear and tear with light colored carpet? A hideous mess!!
"I can't believe you said that!! I would never make a mess!" - Scout
Here's a quick peek at the garden before I go:
The swamp milkweed is already about 4 ft tall. That's my reward for finally planting it someplace...swampy.
I think this little aster is called 'Alert'. It's well named since it started blooming in early June!
The monarda has started blooming. The pink is 'Coral Reef'. The monarda in the lower picture are a hodgepodge of 'Jacob Cline', 'Violet Queen', 'Claire Grace', and 'Raspberry Wine'. Giant Joe Pye weed grows in the very back.
Rudbeckia hirta 'Indian Summer'
'Fragrant Angel' coneflower
Heliopsis 'Tuscan Sun' and a past-their-prime purple stachys hummelo
White gooseneck loosestrife are beautiful but invasive. But their flowers are so cool I put up with their philandering ways.
My mystery tomato is thriving! The penstemon in the back pot fell over in a wind storm and are now growing sideways. :o)
I have no idea what the name of this coneflower is but I love its pinkish-orange petals.
I think it might be from the Big Sky series due to the quilling of its petals before they open.
Mystery coneflower with two types of heliopsis and a pale orange agastache
We've had tons of rain lately after a hot/dry spell and the Dry Side bed is lush and full.
Another mystery tomato - a gift from the compost angels.
'Magnus' coneflowers with liatris, bird seed sunflowers, 'Maraschino' salvia, and verbena bonariensis. The big green patch behind the fence is my trumpet creeper taking over the neighbors yard. They don't seem to mind-yet!
Southeastern native ruellia hummilis does well in dry shade but is also quite happy in dry sunny spots, too.
Native liatris squarrosa has much bigger, button-like flowers than the more common liatris. The pollinators love it!
I thought I had planted these 'Rocky Top' coneflowers in a sunny-enough spot, but they seem to feel otherwise. Both the 'Rocky Top' and the salvia 'Maraschino' in the background are leaning towards the agastche. Either a nearby tree is casting too much shadow or the rose campion in the corner is up to no good...