All of these photos were taken this morning (July 3, 2014).
To all my U.S. readers, I send you early Happy Independence Day wishes!
|Bee on Agastache foeniculum "Golden Jubilee"|
|OK, no flowers here, but the foliage of Baptisia australis is looking lovely, cool and not-too-floppy, despite the fact that I situated it in too much shade.|
|Bumblebee visiting Cosmos bipinnatus|
|Bee on Gaillardia x grandiflora "Sunset Cutie"|
|Cheerful bright blooms on Heliopsis helianthiodes "Summer Sun". I wouldn't say it's a wildlife magnet yet, but as the plant gets bigger and more established, it's attracting more bees and birds than last year.|
|Hibiscus moscheutos / Hardy Hibiscus. I think this is "Luna". So far, not as much sawfly damage as in previous years (knock on wood products), which means more flowers are opening and the foliage looks much healthier.|
|Two small bees on a soaring annual sunflower over 6-feet tall.|
|Here's another giant sunflower - maybe 7-feet tall. Even though the flower hasn't opened yet, I thought the bud was so sculptural that it deserved its own portrait.|
|Here's my row of self-sown Cucumber Leaf Sunflowers. Not exactly "front of border" height, but I don't have the heart to rip them out and I love the floriferous display!|
|Bee on Vitex agnus-astus flower spike|
|Two more bees on Vitex agnus-castus (Chaste Tree)|
|Can't resist another shot of bees on the Vitex. When in bloom, this plant attracts bumblebees in particular from dawn to dusk!|