Today is snapdragon day. As I said before, I have platoons of snaps this year. So much so that I’m not going to deadhead into the garden this year, but into my compost bucket. Here are the lovely colors this year:
Multi – hiding under my bird bath:
Hot pink with an interesting single color bloom in it:
Almost red. That one I might collect some seeds from to see if the offspring turn a full red.
The Calycanthus bush:
It’s a nice size bush now. I do have to trim stray canes as they will shoot out really long on occasion. This has been flowering for a couple months now:
This is a short version of a butterfly bush:
It’s a little overwhelmed by the cosmos so I will probably remove most of that since the butterfly bush is the main plant there. Like all the BBs, this one smells like honey.
Some of the zinnias have popped open.
This one is called Giant Salmon Rose. I don’t know what it is about me and zinnias, but they never come out like they are supposed to on the package. This is only about 15 inches high and it’s supposed to be twice that. I just can’t win.
Potted heliotrope looking pretty:
This is really a keeper. I am going to try to bring it inside and overwinter it. I definitely will get one next year again if it doesn’t make it – and maybe get another anyway if it does!
The wave of Japanese beetles seems to have died down and now my coneflowers are being left alone. This is Milkshake:
The globe thistles keep on going:
So many bees this year – it’s wonderful!
My Joe Pye is just starting to open up and the bees have discovered it:
Our tree hydrangea looks really good this year. I gave it that massive haircut early last spring and last year and this year it has just taken off:
So far there hasn’t been a heavy enough downpour to make the branches bow down like they did last year. I love the tree form. You can see Joe Pye in the background and how tall it is.
Happy garden this year!