The garden is blooming profusely with all the heat and rain we’ve had in the past week. The Astilbe chinensis var. taquettii are peaking and the Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) are abundant. The Zinnias (Z. elegans ‘Cactus’) are starting to bloom and are being visited by lots of butterflies, including Monarchs, which I love seeing. Their numbers seem to be increasing slightly from their near-absence in previous years.
Also in the arrangement are Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana alata) and Spider Flower (Cleome hassleriana), and a few sprigs of wild Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron annuus) and Yarrow (Achillea millefolium).
My second vase features yellow, red and orange Cosmos (C. sulphureus), lavender-tinged Sweet Peas (Lathyrus odoratus), white Nicotiana, blue Globe Thistle (Echinops ritro) and Mealycup Sage (Salvia farinacea).
I’m joining other gardeners celebrating the abundance in our gardens with our host Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Click the link to see their arrangements.