In honor of the occasion, I collected some patriotic photos from the garden.
Let's start with the RED...
|Monarda didyma "Jacob Cline"|
|Phlox paniculata "David"|
|Lobularia maritima, Sweet Alyssum|
|Borago officinalis, Borage|
There's a certain BUZZ of excitement in the air...
|Echinacea purpurea, Purple Coneflower and Bumble Bee. (This bee actually slept on the flower overnight, which made it easy to make its photo on a cool and foggy summer morning before the sun had warmed it up enough to start flying around.)|
|Perovskia atriplicifolia, Russian Sage and Bumble Bee|
...as everyone gets ready for some FIREWORKS!
|Lonicera sempervirens, Coral Honeysuckle|
|Hemerocallis, Daylilies, unknown variety (Rosy Returns?)|
|Phlox paniculata, Garden Phlox, Eva Cullum|
|Hibiscus moscheutos, Hardy Hibiscus, I believe this is "Lady Baltimore". Purchased via mail order last year, I thought she died in the heat and drought of 2012. She certainly didn't bloom last year. In fact, I contemplating shovel pruning the sad stem in winter. But sometimes procrastination is the best gardening choice. She leaped up cheerfully in springtime and this is already the second bloom of the year with budded promises of more to come. My other hardy hibiscus (Luna Swirl or Disco Belle? I can't remember which), purchased at a local garden center, bloomed last year and is Loaded with buds this year. Eager to see it flower!|
|Heliopsis helianthoides, Ox-Eye Sunflower, "Summer Sun". Purchased and planted this spring from Perennial Plant Society of Middle TN plant sale.|
|Nearly six-feet tall and proudly puffy, these bright and beautiful sunflower blooms deliver an explosion of color. What a fireworks display! (And safe for all ages.) ;-)|
Have a safe and happy holiday, y'all!