Despite the heat and humidity this weekend, this summer has been mostly a mild one - as far as summers go - where I live. Hopefully, this means a mild winter is in store for us, too? ;-) One can only hope.
Potted flowers are still doing beautifully...
Joe Pye Weed - which the bees love, is at its peak in August. Whatever that ground cover is underneath, always starts to brown and dry up in August. We didn't plant that ground cover. It's a volunteer that showed up a couple of summers ago and has really spread.
The bees also love wild onion - an Illinois prairie plant that I have in various places around my yard. It's a wonderful perennial that doesn't require any care and is easily divided.
Phlox is still in all its glory...
as is the purple coneflower...
and the Black-Eyed Susan, all in my butterfly garden.
The purple butterfly bush is in full bloom right now, too but I haven't seen too many butterflies this year, which is really disappointing.
Most of the hostas are done blooming except for this variety in front of my house. I love the delicate white flowers on this variety of hosta.
The poor tiger lilies are past their prime now. They're drying up at the bottoms and all the orange flowers on top of the stalks have dried up and fallen off.
Cherry tomatoes are still producing like mad. I pick a handful every day.
Last week, a neighbor brought me some peaches from her peach trees. I told her I didn't even know that we could grow decent peaches here in the Midwest!
How are the plants and flowers doing where you live?
Have a great weekend!