With summer officially upon us we can be pretty sure it is here to stay. A little rain would be nice to give the plants some relief.
There are a few flowers that like it hot. My first attempt with Indian Blanket Flower Gaillardia pulchella from American Meadows seed is happy about dry, hot conditions. They even do well in beach locations.
Some fading zinnias sown from seed mixed in with the little patch of wildflowers in a rare sunny corner.
Of all the colors of Cosmos, decidedly this deep magenta hue is my favorite. Cosmos don't seem to mind very little water.
The bushy shrubs of Pagoda flowers, Clerodendrum paniculatum, have made a comeback after being taken to the ground by the frost this winter.
The Swallowtail larva is more mature today than last week when we first spotted them on the parsley in the vegetable garden. I watched today as more butterflies were laying eggs on them the parsley just today. More eggs, more caterpillars, more butterflies. Woo-hoo.
It's a good thing more milkweed was planted a couple of weeks ago. The monarchs have already found them. I counted 4 larva at different stages of maturity chomping away this morning.
My new favorite coleus. Combined here with Iresine, blood leaf started from cuttings the two of them together blend nicely next to Miss Muffet caladiums.
With our rain-less June and summer heat I'm thinking the birdies are very happy I finally broke down and purchased yet another bird bath.
Here's hoping you are staying cooler than we are while we garden. Happy summer.