This has been a really good year for the garden - the right amount of rain, not too hot, and only one horribly destructive hailstorm early on. The only plants still feeling the effects of the hailstorm are the daylilies along the south edge. It's very shady there anyway; it may be time to move those to the upcoming birdbath garden.
July 4 pics:
Butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa (which a few days later I caught a rabbit felling near the base of the stems. Isn't this plant supposed to be toxic and unpalatable?!)
North edge garden
Wayback garden - it's a jungle out there!
The only semi-decent shot I could get of this crazy-looking bug (on the milkweed). It was something like a bee, with a narrow, pointed abdomen plated in orange. His hind legs also were plated in orange and the whole effect was of a very wide abdomen that had been subdivided into three independent parts. There was nothing like it in my bug book. He really liked that milkweed, though!