Every year I try to capture a picture of the blues of several cultivars of salvia and catmint and the yellow of the lady’s mantle, but I haven’t done it justice yet. Here are a few favorites that I captured this week.
Bee on blue hill salvia in the morning light.
Catmint nepeta x faassenii ‘walker’s low’ and lady’s mantle alchemilla mollis. The bees have been very busy on the catmint this week.
Bee visits foxglove digitalis. This is a biennial that drops seeds and blooms in the second year.
The cream colored foxgloves are blooming now, too. You can see the joe pye weed starting to stretch up against the fence in the background.
This is another kind of foxglove – the native penstemon digitalis beardtongue. The color is muted, but it is a favorite.
Geranium ‘rozanne’ opens to the morning sun.
The first gaillardia – blanket flower.
Every kind of insect is busy now. This blue wasp on the coneflower leaves might be a blue mud dauber that hunts spiders, stings them, and carries them to its nest. I see another tiny flying creature also on the bottom of this picture. That was just luck that I caught both.
Dan shot this hummingbird picture from the kitchen window. I think there have been spider mites on the yew bushes. I am not sure what the hummingbird was after.
Crazy cornflower container. I did not want to leave this cornflower, centaurea cyanus, in the garden bed so I stuck it in this container with petunias and marigolds. It is crazy, but kind of cheery.