The yellow primroses are unbelievably tall this year. There is one plant right in the middle of the picture, dwarfing the rose to the left. And this yellow is really bright –not buttery, but brilliant. I did find a couple of Japanese beetles this morning, so the primroses may be short-lived. But they are lovely.
And the coneflowers are just starting to open. They are so spectacular when they are broadly open in all their purple pink glory. But I love them like this too when they are just starting.
And finally here is a very handsome Milton, lounging.
This purple plant with cup-like downward pointing flowers showed up in a nice swath by the barn a few years ago. I do not know what it is –maybe someone can help with the identification? It does well in this spot, and it has shared a few stray seeds and spread a little to some other places.
Here is a handsome Tiglet sitting outside. The clouds in the next pictures did manage to drop a very little bit of rain for the garden last night. Much needed rain.
An entertaining bit of kitty discussion inside: Claribel and Milton are quite good friends, because he has a very good big warm tummy for a small cat to curl up against. But whenever he steps over a boundary she is quick to swat him back. I think this touchiness on her part is necessary since he is twice her size and can be a bit of a bully.
I think thyme is the herb that is growing most impressively this year. It is flowering some now and I need to cut it again. I love the taste of thyme and really like having it dried but it is not a fun herb to dry. The leaves are so tiny….. And I have a lovely picture of Tiglet.
These miniature hostas were given to me by the neighbor of a friend living in the next state over and they are such sweet little minis. I’ve propped up the oversized hosta that lives next to them so that this year I can properly see them. They are early blooming. I do also have a little miniature “mouse ears” hosta, but I need to move it so it is more visible.
These miniatures are quite small, but the ones behind them in this picture are also very tall hosta.
These are the other miniatures –and it looks like something has been eating them. All the more reason to get them moved. I must remember to do that move this fall. AND mark them after I move them so I don’t forget in the spring.
Here are a couple of pictures of regular hostas –I really like both of these kinds.
This variegated hosta is on the corner of the bed next to the patio and it glows in moonlight. It is what makes sense for me of the idea of white gardens.
This white rose is the most fragrant of the roses I have. It has also been here the longest. Last year many of the roses were eaten by Japanese beetles but the timing on the beetles must be a bit different this year and the roses are coming through beautifully. They are such full roses –so many petals.
This a coneflower right behind it –they are also getting ready to put on a show. Meanwhile, here are some happy kitties.
Claribel, completely sacked out on the back of the sofa.
Sidney looking very handsome –and a little later when part of the blanket slipped down over him.
These light pink hollyhocks came from seed last year and they have returned very nicely. These are in a fairly protected spot between one of the walnut trees and the fence and I’ve not had to stake them so far. There were massive thunderstorms last night but it was thunder and lightening without any real rain. So disappointing.
The rudbeckia are still doing well –and this large clump in the bottom of the photo (below) hasn’t started to bloom.
The eggplant are blooming; the plants look very sturdy and able to handle some fruits. I have two different kinds of eggplant (aubergine) planted. And the rudbeckia are really taking off.
And the feverfew is blooming. I love these delicate little daisy-like flowers. They are a sturdy plant that handles the wind. It is a vigorous re-seeder, but also comes back from sturdy roots as a perennial. It does have medicinal uses against migraines, but I haven’t used it for that.
I have several geraniums in pots and move them inside in the winter and bring them back out in the summer. I do love how cheery they are in the winter, but I think some of mine might be reaching their age limit. I think I will take a couple of these out of their pots and see what is actually in good shape and do some heavy trimming. If I do it fairly soon they will still have a couple good months outside to recover from whatever I end up doing to them.
This pink one (above and below) was repotted last year.
I just moved this deep red one, so I am trying to give it a chance to figure out which way it wants to go. I didn’t repot it, but took it out of a rather protected spot. The red is really deep.
This one has (obviously) a very different leaf and although the color doesn’t really show in this picture, the red is different than the other one.
Pretty is very happy about this seat. The evening sky last night almost looked like it might produce some rain, but it did not.