This week, the garden cranked the summer dial up to 11.
1. Daylily foliage falling fortuitously against daylily stamens and catching the light
2. The bellflower out front has begun to bloom. I don’t know what’s up with this thing. I think I bought it as a gift for Mother’s Day something like three or four years ago, and I remember it being bigger in years past. At least it’s still alive. Even if it’s not sky blue, like it was in the picture on the tag.
3. It’s a necrotic daylily leaf turned waterfall.
4. A fallen hosta flower trapped by sedum against the garden’s rock border.
5. A dandelion seed caught in a spider’s web.
6. One of the many fallen crab apple leaves suspended in a spider web over the newly watered shade garden.
7. Dandelion seed head under the maple with the crab apple in the background
8. Chives flowers
9. Chives flower stems
10. I love these zinnias so much.
12. Fuzzy forget-me-not foliage
13. I can’t believe how long-lasting these coral bell flowers are
14. I don’t know what this little bug is. I thought maybe it was a lacewing but it looks a little different from the pictures I looked up.
15. Daylily flower a day too late
17. Thistle with ferns in the background
18. Bachelor button flower bud
19. Tall bellflower. This was a happy entrant in the garden. We didn’t plant it, but it’s there.
20. Tall bellflower
21. Tall bellflower buds
22. Some of the echinacea seem to be dying — and drying — prematurely in this dry spell we’re having.
23. Another echinacea in distress
24. The same flower with a backdrop of its healthy compatriots
25. I am pretty sure the bug that chewed these patterns in this leaf is trying to communicate with us and there’s a code to be cracked there.
27. Leaf miner damage
28. I have been seeing these fluffy bugs everywhere. They’re like mobile bits of ash. I’ve accidentally touched them and they crumble. Anyone know what they are?