We have record-breaking temperatures in the mid-nineties, with a heat dome blocking rain and giving us a chance of hitting 100 this week or next. Hello, climate catastrophe! I water new plants once a week and water the ones in pots more often. The plants and wildlife seem to be thriving. [I’ll finish this post tomorrow, but there is enough here to share now. The featured red monarda is in the backyard.]
Plants with bold colors and strong form take this sunny quarter-circle into summer. A sweep of Bengal Tiger Cannas provides a vivid background for the bird statues and the pale, bristly Rattlesnake Master.
Other Front Yard
The stalwart Black-Eyed Susan, Major Wheeler Honeysuckle, and Hot Lips Salvia keep on blooming. Notice how the salvia flowers can be all red, all white, or bi-colored. The first section of the Chinese Abelia is blooming now. In the woods, the hydrangea is in full bloom. The clump of Cast-Iron Plant needs trimming. Each plant sends up a new leaf every year, so I cut off the old weather-worn ones.