We’ve been getting a lot of rain lately, and the temperatures have been not as hot as usual. Things are growing, though, and I expect it’ll get hotter now that August is almost here.
I planted marigold seeds along the fence-side bed in the spring, and they are really coming into bloom now.
You can see that I alternated different types – I didn’t realize that some of them would be gigantic! The sections that don’t have blooms at calf-level have marigold plants that are easily three feet tall or taller. They’re starting to bloom, too, though they are behind the others by a week or more (by my guess).
I planted some mixed seeds in the very small, sort of awkward bed by the driveway, and lo and behold, there are both cosmos and sunflowers blooming there.
I also have a few varieties of sunflowers in the back yard, but they aren’t blooming yet:
They are surrounded by this mint, which, as it will, is huge and spreads a little more each year. I’ll probably have to cut it back next year, but for this year, it’s filled in a weird bed that I don’t know what else to do with, so I’m going with it.
In the back garden, the mason bee house has gained a few more residents:
The left-hand column is mostly filled with actual mason bees (as far as I know, though I didn’t see them all go in to know for sure), but the others seem to be stuffed with straw – perhaps birds are the culprits?
The tomatoes are growing, though not ripe yet:
and the squash are still going:
I think that largest squash might be ready pretty soon.
I also got some more really good deals at Lowe’s. They keep marking things down – hooray! I added ten Royal Candles Speedwell plants to the front yard:
Also in the front yard, my Black Knight Butterfly Bush is blooming, tiny as it may be:
Back to the bargains, I also got some Giles Van Hess Speedwell:
and some Munstead Red Stonecrop:
That will apparently flower in red, and the foliage turns reddish, too. I’ll look forward to seeing what it looks like.
Finally, because I can’t resist, an obligatory adorable dog photo (Brodie sleeping):
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