My field work is DONE. You can't imagine how happy this makes me! Now I can get back into the garden, which has been sadly neglected for two seasons. The wayback is a lost cause, so overrun with foxtail grass and milkweed that I can barely get back there, much less separate the weedy from the wanted. I think winter is the time to deal with that!
I bought some new things today: Echinacea 'Sunset' (orange coneflower), Rudbeckia hirta 'Goldsturm' (black-eyed Susan), Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips' (turtlehead), and Liatris spicata 'Kobold' in the north garden (filling in gaps where things died last winter); Gaura lindheimeri 'Siskiyou Pink' in the patio garden; and Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' (bugloss) in the front garden.
Garage garden: phlox, coneflowers, black-eyed Susans, Heliopsis, Veronica, and hyssop (Agastache) in bloom. Tallish shrub near the foreground is my darling witch-hazel, finally rising above the other plants.
Hibiscus syriacus, Rose of Sharon, a shrub that every year is half-dead and half gloriously in flower. I've learned not to take it personally.
The wayback garden - bring your machete
Hello, Mr. Spider - You may eat all the bugs you like but if you venture into the house, all bets are off