While the milkweed is starting to look a little ratty in the sideyard, the monarch caterpillars I leave it there for are looking big and healthy.
Lots of other lovely flowers in the high summer garden right now:
This was a volunteer a couple years ago in my garden. Now I have oodles of them. Anyone want some?
My dear friend Jen gave me this plant three or four years ago now. What started as a tiny little stick-like plant has grown into the focal point of my north side garden.
I have been planting these trailing nasturtiums in my window box for a few years now. Last year, they were so prolific, I pickled a jar of their seeds (they make a good caper substitute). The leaves and flowers are also edible.
The borage, also edible, came from seed saved a couple years ago–I’ll save more of this seed this year and let some drop as well.
This is the pumpkin growing by the front steps. Or should I say growing along the entire front of the house?
I got the hollyhock seed from my mom–haven’t planted them in a couple years, but the ones that came up the first couple years were pastels–peach, pink, yellow, and white. This is the first I’ve seen of this darker rose color she told me was in the mix, too.
At least that’s what I think it’s called. I’m going to have to move it from behind the black-eyed susans, globe thistles, and heliopsis next year, but I kind of like how it’s draping over the slab of marble (from an old, broken tabletop a friend found at the dump) that catches the drips from the outside spigot.
And finally, yet another lovely “flower” from the south side garden.