|Agastache 'Blue Blazes'|
This year has been a banner year for pollinators in my garden. It could be that they were always there and I never noticed or maybe they really are flourishing because I gave them so many blooms. On the flip side I have no butterflies, save the cabbage whites. I don't even have skippers. I whine about the yard wondering aloud, "Where are you? I gave you muddy drinking stations." My neighbors think I'm insane.
If we're being honest, I hate August. I'm sick of the heat and I find myself thinking, "I miss eating soup. I want ragout and pasta!" while simultaneously seeing mums at the grocery store and despairing because, what the hell, summer just started! It's that annoying time of year where I can't enjoy my successes because I'm already plotting how things will be better next year. I'm grumpy and I suspect I'm unpleasant to be around.
I planted Eryngium partitum two years ago and it promptly fell over. The seeds waited two years to germinate but they had the good sense to do it in a patch of Rose Campion, which holds them aloft. Good job!
The heathers that I planted last fall survived our terrible winter and bloom in shades of lavender that I hate. But I'm thrilled they're alive.
|Calluna vulgaris 'Fraser's Old Gold'|
|Calluna vulgaris 'Easter Bonfire'|
Sedum 'Blade Runner' shocked me by blooming from the top, as well as the stalk.
|Rudbeckia hirta (I think) and Helenium 'Mardi Gras'|
|Crocosmia x crocosmiflora 'Solfatare'|
|Crocosmia 'Golden Fleece'|
|Shut your bloom hole, Leycesteria formosa. You're so pretty.|
|Sedum telephium 'Hab Gray'|
|Joe Pye, you're a bee whore and I love you. (Eutrochium purpureum)|
Happy bloom day, from my cranky garden to yours! Thank you, Carol, for hosting us.