What a lot of rain we've had this year! What an exuberant growing season! It never ceases to amaze me how much biomass plants can accumulate in a short time, turning plain old air into pounds and pounds of lush green leaves. Anyone who is not fascinated by these organisms that are the foundation of most ecosystems on earth is just not paying attention!
Since the growing season began, my native asters and sunflowers have grown to shoulder height and the sparse plantings I was fretting about are now so packed in that I'm cutting out hunks of greenery just to get some airflow. Every time I walk into the yard I want to hug myself with joy over how green and alive everything looks. Better Home and Gardens won't be doing any full-page spreads of my mishmash of plants and my lawn full of dandelions and strawberry plants, but the garden represents over 15 years of toil (and expenditure) and I love it all. Except for the earwigs.
Carpathian harebell, Campanula carpatia 'Pearl Deep Blue'
Purple bee balm, Monarda didyma 'Violet Queen'
A volunteer pumpkin. Thanks, squirrels.
Hemerocallis NOID, blooming for the first time in years because I finally moved it into a sunnier spot
Clematis 'Jackmanii' again, because I can.