Forget about June. June sucked. And so, for the most part,
did July, in terms of the sun required to kick blooms into action. But now we
truly have some sultry weather and these flowers are loving it.
I’ve posted about rudbeckia "Herbstsonne" (top) here. Last year they were just about finished at this time.
This year they're still going strong and the bees are everywhere among them. The plants are way too tall for where they are, but I stopped caring about such things some time
ago (if I ever did).
Another bonus is that I still have tons of lilies yet to
bloom, including some speciosum rubrum (regular and alba) and these tigrinum
flore pleno. Increasingly, these species types are my favorite. Normally I don’t show too many
close-ups, but species lilies are so cool, you have to.
And Thursday night I saw a hydrangea I had to have. It’s a
blue lacecap with variegated foliage, some of it pure white. Wild. Hydrangeas
do very well here and there is very little I wouldn't pull up to put a hydrangea
in its place. A rainy, somewhat coolish
summer can still be great for continuous plantings and plenty of blooms.