It's been so hot that it's hard to believe that anything is blooming right now but there are so many flowers that have been just waiting for this time of year. Of course I'm always happy to see some daylilies in August and there a few beauties right now.
While the daylilies steal the show in June and July, I really appreciate all the other beautiful flowers this time of year. The butterflies seem to be enjoying them also.
The Mountain Mint (Pycanthemum incanum) has been particularly popular.
The monarchs have just begun making their appearance here. The variety of milkweeds have caught their attention and we are starting to see caterpillars. The Asclepias incarnata and A. tuberosa are both native to the farm. I grew the A. curassavica from seed and it will probably not overwinter here.
It seems like I planted everything in a mad rush last fall so I am always happy to find a combination of plants that seems to fit well together. I really like this Rudbekia lancinata with a short pink aster in front of it.
And these Blackberry Lillies (Iris domestica) with native, self-sown Fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus)
I think this combo of Chinese fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides) that I started from seed, Wendy's Wish Salvia and Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) is going to get better and better as the season goes on.
I love how this transplanted native clematis is using Ninebark 'Summer Wine' as a trellis. It's well past bloom time for the clematis but I transplanted it from our lower field and it never had a chance to flower in early spring so I guess it decided it was now or never.
All in all I think the gardens have done well their first summer here. I can't wait to see what the fall blooms will look like and of course there is the constant planning for next year.