Happy Fourth! Here are a few pictures of my perennial and vegetable gardens taken in the last few days.
The vegetable garden is doing nicely, although the abundant rain has resulted in an abundant crop of weeds. If you look really closely, you can see some small green tomatoes. And check out those big squash blossoms! I picked a small yellow zucchini yesterday and have been picking beans steadily. I pulled out the pea vines this week and am gradually pulling up the lettuce. I will plant more beans in the empty spaces.
This is part of a mixed border in the front yard. It’s designed to provide maximum color. There’s nothing like the orange of butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa). The yellow sundrops (Oenothera fruticosa) and blue harebells (Campanula rotundifolia) are a lovely contrast. The harebells will bloom all summer, and critters don’t eat any of these plants. (The tan stripe in front is the result of a mowing about three days before the picture was taken. The grass had been pretty tall.)
Bergamot or beebalm (Monarda fistulosa) is at the height of its show, and the display will continue for another couple of weeks.
I hope your life is as colorful as mine on this special day.