Above is a photo of what my garden is up to these days. Everything is so far ahead of where it would normally be that I can’t even remotely plan a succession of bloom. It’s futile.
I have a fondness for Monarda. You have to stay on top of it, because it can get a bit pushy, but nothing beats the tall stems and red flowers of “Jacob Cline.” It is irresistible to hummingbirds, and the plant is tall enough to keep the hummers out of the clutches of my neighbor’s incredibly annoying and predatory cat. ( I could rant for days on this subject, but I will spare you.)
And this is my new lavender, called “Grosso.” The people at the nursery assured me that if it was happy, it would overwinter just fine (it’s hardy to Zone 6). We’ll see. It is a lovely plant, though, and I like lavender near the sea. I think it’s right for the coast.
We just had some cool thunderstorms, and the light is amazing right now – brilliant sun against an inky sky. Note hummingbird feeders.
I dashed outside to snap a few, and caught this sunflower shedding some raindrops. This is a gift from my avian friends, who deposited seeds in just the right places. Thanks!
A Happy Fourth to my American readers and friends!