This week’s garden view shows quite a difference from last week (see last photo below). The orange daylilies (Hemerocallis) are rioting at the center and just to the left of it the pink phlox (P. paniculata) has started. Yes, I put pink and orange together!
On the lower right, behind the lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina) the yellow daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Happy Returns’) is almost done. Bright red Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ is on the right. Normally, there would be a long border of it, but Peter Cottontail helped himself and ate the row down to nothing. I spread blood meal around, but it is a bit late to save C. ‘Lucifer‘ this year.
White and pink flowering tobacco (Nicotiana alata) and dots of yellow and orange calendula (C. officinalis) are in bloom (lower front left and across path) and sweet peas (Lathyrus odorata) are going gangbusters in front of the sunflowers (Helianthus annuus), which have grown yet larger and are beginning to show yellow petals.
The blue of the globe thistle (Echinops ritro) in the center is intensifying and the coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) have begun to bloom. The white dots along the front are love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascene) which reseeds every year, but this year all I have is white. I will have to buy fresh seed next year to get blue back into the border.
I had to move the blue globe again as the jungle was engulfing it. I don’t think the calendula will threaten to overrun it and it can stay put for the rest of the season.
At the rear, there are rose daylilies and pink and white cleome (C. hassleriana). Spikes of pink Astilbe taquettii have replaced the sundrops (Oenothera fruticosa), of which a few gold dots still can be seen.
I’m linking up with Cathy at Words and Herbs, joining participants taking weekly photos of the same garden over the course of the growing season to note its evolution.
Below are some of the previous views for comparison: