Currently the big bed is a sea of green, with a few spots of color here and there: late roses, Brazilian Blue Sage starting up, and Meadow Rue that I found growing in one of the floodway fields. It looks wonderful with Rosa palustris scandens but bloomed later than the rose this year. That little patch of orange behind the Hubricht's Amsonia is a Butterfly Weed, one of the few that has come back faithfully year after year. The grass in the foreground is Panicum virgatum. (Not a weed. ;) )
Soon the Bee Balm and four o'clocks will be blooming, transforming a sea of green to a sea of bright raspberry pink and golden yellows. I like both the greens and the colors (after all, green is a color too!).
There is color up top next to the house, with the spiderwort still going strong and the daylilies coming into bloom. Both are holding back a little bit, as we are two weeks into one of those typical hot dry spells. The grass in the yard is extra crispy.
Iris brevicaulis and Iris japonica are always the last iris to bloom here, in June.
A wild sedge that I found growing next to the vegetable garden. I don't know what it is, but the flowers look very sweet. It reminds me a little of Baby's Breath.
I can see why Gail loves St. John's Wort so much. This year is has bloomed and bloomed and bloomed and the bees just go crazy over it.
Caldwell Pink, a polyantha with no fragrance that I can detect, but which makes up for it by its extreme sweetness of appearance and workhorse capacity.
In this heat morning is the only time this cat is allowed outside, and even then she stays in the shade. In summer long black fur is not an advantage and she has a lot of it, especially since she's an indoor cat most of the time.
It may be hot in NC, but we don't experience heat bursts as happened in Kansas this week. Imagine the temperature going up to over 100 in the middle of the night!
On the other side of the country the weather forecast for The Belmont in NY is much cooler: lower 70's and rainy. I am pulling for Animal Kingdom.