The biggest highlight in my garden this week happened today when I spotted a Monarch butterfly sipping zinnia and globe thistle! A rare sighting, as they have nearly disappeared from my area, it totally made my day, week and month! (The above is a photo from fellow blogger Robbie’s garden as I didn’t manage to get a shot of my special visitor.)
Here are just a few of the floral highlights in my garden this week :
The very last of the poppies– the bees and I will miss them. The coneflowers are coming in to replace them.
The sweet peas continue to please with color and fragrance.
Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’ has big mop heads up to 18″ across that will eventually turn lime green and make a nice dried flower for winter.
Hosta are putting forth their lavender and white blossoms, which attract the hummingbirds. I hear their delightful squeaks and the zoom of their wings as they whiz past.
Two of the four dahlias I bought this year are blooming. Aren’t they gorgeous?
I love seeing the cheerful sunflowers at the back of the summer border. The goldfinches are happy about them, too, and have already been inspecting them for ripening seeds.
Lastly, three clumps of Ligularia ‘The Rocket’ are lighting up the shade garden with their golden candles.
That’s the best of best here for this week. What’s lighting up your gardens lately?