This week is a fuller version of the same (compare to last week’s photo below). The abundance is remarkable. I have vases lined up all over the house!
At the center, to the right of tall blue globe thistle (Echinops ritro), the orange and red daylilies are pretty much done, but the lemon yellow daylilies (Hemerocallis ‘Hyperion’) is going strong and the spires of Astilbe taquettii are halfway done.
Clockwise from right in the above photo: Bright red Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ are almost done, pink coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea), white flowering tobacco (Nicotiana alata), lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina), love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena) are nearly all seed pods, more coneflower, orange calendula (C. officinalis) and white and pink flowering tobacco. Below are closer shots of the front of the border.
On the far left, a line of pink cosmos flank the calendula and dots of zinnias; on the right are red and pastel sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus) which are being overrun with vines of the sky-blue, ivy-leaved morning glory (Ipomoea hederacea) which still haven’t bloomed; behind them, more cosmos and coneflowers, sunflowers (Helianthus annuus), and (hard to see) a patch of zinnias and dahlias.
At the rear of the garden, pink and white cleome (C. hassleriana) mix with flowering tobacco and a smattering of yellow calendula and sunflowers, which are heavy with seeds, rapidly disappearing into the beaks of goldfinches, chickadees and tufted titmice. I noticed a white-footed mouse on a leaf recently, but s/he seemed more interested in eating lemon balm seeds. The garden is abuzz with all sorts of pollinators, including hummingbirds and hawk moths. I love to stand in the middle and observe the hum of activity around me – pure heaven.
I’m linking 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: