Yesterday didn't end up being very sunny or warm so the trip to the beach was postponed, instead we had a fun day at the park. Because it was overcast some of my pictures don't seem very bright, but that's okay, the flowers were bright in person.
For this Fertilizer Friday I thought I would show some of what's happening in the front yard.
Cosmos 'Bright Lights' has it's first bloom. I got this packet of seeds for free, and it's so pretty I'll be glad to buy them next year. Bachelor Buttons and Coreopsis are blooming behind them.
Pretty pink Mallow that came free with an order years ago. I used to have it spread around, but instead moved it all in a group a couple of years ago. I like how it looks much better this way. Dahlias and Liatris are blooming behind them.
One of the many unknown phlox in the garden. This is blooming by more Liatris and Scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue'.
More unknown phlox, it could be 'Bright Eyes'. The flowers are so heavy it's falling over, guess I need to stake it up.
Fuchsia 'Pink Marshmallow' has giant blooms on it. I have it in a planter with other shade plants, but think next year it needs to be in a hanging basket by itself.
Hydrangea 'Preziosa' again, look at all the different colors on one shrub.
A quick view of the butterfly garden. It's looking so pretty and really filling in. Can you spot Echinacea 'Tiki Torch'? It's the bright orangish one on the right.
Echinacea 'Tiki Torch' up close and all the way open. I really hope this one comes back, it really makes quite an impact even for a new plant.
Echinacea 'Big Sky Sundown' is starting to bloom. I'd read that some of these weren't very winter hardy, but this one made it through a very cold one. I even moved it to this spot in the Spring.
Rose 'Kimberlina' suffered through the dry hot weather she was planted in and is now looking great. I really had to keep it watered and deadheaded and I think that dose of fertilizer a few weeks ago really helped. 'Gertrude Jekyll' is looking stressed now, but I'm hoping if I give it the same care I gave this one it should pull through.
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