And just like that, the butterflies, the bees, the same lone hummingbird we see year after year and Japanese beetles have descended upon the garden in droves. For today’s purposes I’ll keep it pretty and spare you the ugly. I’m desperately trying to capture a pic of the hummer, but to date he’s been too ninja-like for me to catch him.
The ornamental grass shield continues to pay dividends as the hydrangeas have remained virtually untouched by the deer.
The Bee Balm is blooming and the Joe Pye Weed isn’t too far behind.
This is the lone Queen of the Prairie (Filipendula rubra) flower that has eluded the deer and I still long for masses of these flowers on display at the same time. I have to up my deer-repellent spraying game.
Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) continues to multiply year after year as the flowers are now emerging throughout the garden.
I’ll take the 5-6 blooms of Daylily ‘Little Grapette’ but I’m still pissed that the deer have ravaged them like never before. My strategic placement plan has failed.
I’ve had Yarrow (Achillea) ‘Moonwalker’ for 7-8 years now and they look better this year than they ever have before. The relocation plan to drier soil has paid dividends. Why it took this long I’ll never know.
Enjoy these coneflowers now before I bitch about their destruction from the deer in an upcoming post.
I’ve finally succumbed to using annuals to fill in empty spots in the garden. But I’ll still show my disrespect by not having a clue as to the name of this plant below. I have to keep some street cred.
The original intention was to highlight the Hyssop and Mountain Mint in the two photos that follow below. Take note however, that the grasses (Panicum and Little Bluestem respectively) are in greater focus and that’s all you need to know about my affinity for the almighty OG.
I’m a ten year old girl at heart so why not embrace it and add a fun little extra to the Indian Grass (Sorghastrum) below.
While slow to establish over the years, Panicum ‘Ruby Ribbons’ still has tremendous color that can’t be ignored.
Pennisetum ‘Burgundy Bunny’ … drops mic.
Pennisetum ‘Hameln’ is the perfect foil to Joe Pye Weed.
While I will forever shout to the rooftops about my disdain for Northern Sea Oats and its painful reseeding, I have nothing bad to say about its brethren ‘River Mist’. Great color in partial shade.
Are you tired of me posting photos of Panicum ‘Northwind’?
Well then let’s get creative and up the artistic slant on the previous photo.
Words will never do it justice.
Interest beyond flowers
Baptisia seed heads post-bloom still lend an ornamental quality to this killer perennial.
Allow me to introduce you
Two recent additions:
And Oregano ‘Kent Beauty’
Where did you come from?
I have tried to grow Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) forever and eventually settled a few years ago on the fact that it wouldn’t thrive with my wet conditions.
Lesson learned: Trying is overrated.
While I have to take some measures to control the Rudbeckia that pop up all over the garden, I always make sure that some are left untouched.
Slowly but surely
New beds are starting to fill in and only time will tell if I’ll have the patience to not tinker and screw it all up.
Still work to do
A lot of spent flowers to remove on the Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis).
Same goes for all of the Veronica ‘Royal Candles’.