I sure feel like my posting this summer is not keeping pace with the garden. Whether it shows or not, I honestly HAVE been using my camera (almost) every single day but just don't go the extra step of uploading & blogging. Today I thought I'd pick a handful of recent images in an attempt to bring you abreast of current happenings.
As the post title indicates, delphiniums are the latest perennial to bloom. They are planted in the same protected area as the foxgloves:
Towering giants, wouldn't you say ~ much taller than in summers past ~ I'm guessing almost six foot?? As a precaution (against the wind we've been receiving all too frequently) I've staked the tallest stalks. Hopefully they can retain their impressive stature for a longer period of time that way...
I am a little worried about my pink specimen since it hasn't made an appearance yet? I hope it's not lost.... For now there is only the white with green bee (eye):
and the gorgeous pale lavender plant:
I'm not giving up tho.
Something else beginning to come on strong are the Monardas.
I thought I had only planted 'Blue Stocking' and 'Jacob Cline' in this new back bed, imagine what a nice surprise to find pink mingled in!
It must have been a tag mix-up at the nursery but now that it's here, I'm happy. The Monardas generally begin blooming about the time hummingbirds show up. That works out pretty much perfectly, doesn't it? I would say we are right on schedule too, despite a cooler than usual spring. I wouldn't be surprised to see one anyday.
Something new to my garden ~ or at least I haven't ever observed them before ~ is a Mourning Cloak Butterfly:
I happened to notice him while doing some late planting. Lucky for me, he stayed put while I ran and got the camera! I think I would have walked on by if his wings were closed ~ he's fairly "non-descript" in that position but once they flutter open, those iridescent blue spots are very eye-catching.
I had just sprayed the new plantings so I think he was sipping up moisture drops from the fallen rose petal (that light colored blob in front of him)? Now that I know he's here, I hope I will spot him again in the garden.
I've selected Penstemon 'whippleanus' for the last image in this post:
Isn't that a gorgeous tubular bloom? This penstemon is unique in that it's quite tolerant of shade, not their normal "M.O." My clump has been growing (and spreading) nicely for several years now receiving only morning sun. It's a good option if your garden has limited full sun but you still want to grow these beauties.
Now I better get scooting. I hope your garden is growing well and not as infested with mosquito's as mine. We are having the biggest outbreak in years due to a very wet May followed by warm weather in June. ugh. Where are the bats??!!!