In between waiting for the phone repair guy and the rain I did manage to run outside for awhile yesterday. I managed to get two packets of zinnias sown including 'Envy' which I'm anxious to see. I decided to plant it around the echinacea in the butterfly garden. The other, 'California Giants', were planted in the sunny "driveway garden" mixed with lots of other annuals. I also moved a few plants out from under the ever growing Japanese Maple.
I'm not sure I've ever taken pictures of the "sunny" side of the pond before, I thought this would be a good "before" picture. There are large trees that give quite a bit of shade to most of the back, so this is about the sunniest part I've got to work with. It always looks empty this time of year, but most of the plants here grow quickly and soon you can hardly squeeze down the path.
Towards the front to the right is Nepeta 'Walker's Low' a favorite of mine and the neighbors cats. I've got quite a bit of it planted around this area. It's just about to bloom and it's foliage has a very unusual, but good smell. To the left of it is Agastache, it seems to love this area as well. It gets tall purple flowers that the bees just love. Behind them are oriental lilies, phlox 'David', rudbeckia and fuchsia. The fuchsia gets huge here, it seems to thrive in the sun unlike most of the fuchsias I've grown in the past. I also planted some of the iris I moved from the front yard. The clump was actually large enough to divide. I've been wanting some for back here for quite a while. In the far back corner is a Butterfly Bush (buddleia davidii).
A new plant to this area is the Chocolate Eupatorium, it will have white flowers September to October. I've read it can self sow freely if given optimum conditions, the soil will be on the dryer side so that may slow it down a little.
I planted it by the Bluebeard (caryopteris) 'Worcester Gold' which has these pretty gold leaves and blue flowers later in summer.
From here you can see the rudbeckia and lupine. There are lots of seedlings of larkspur and bachelor buttons coming up here. Most, if not all, were self-sown.
In the front is Deutzia 'Chardonnay Pearls' with a new Penstemon 'Husker Red' behind. Since not much is blooming now I'm depending on lots of colorful and interesting foliage.
Here are signs that blooms will be coming. The hollyhocks are growing quickly. They've got quite a few seedlings nearby too.
Another sign that blooms will be here soon, the lupine has some buds getting larger.
Lots of these pretty, drippy columbines are blooming in the shadier corner of this area.
I checked the rain gauge this morning to find we had 1 inch since yesterday afternoon. It doesn't sound like very much after reading about other gardeners getting up to 6 inches in one day, but it sure felt like a lot walking home from my daughter's school last evening. It's supposed to dry out and reach the mid-60's today.