Just a little bit of everything in my vase today, much like my garden right now. It has been hot (as Maine goes) and I think this is the driest summer I've ever seen here. I don't really want to complain though, because we usually have such an overabundance of moisture, which can be frustrating as well. I've been watering almost every day, but although my garden looks lush and full from a distance, a closer inspection will show that a lot of the plants are withering up...and the drought hasn't hurt the weeds a bit of course! We did get some rain last night and are expecting some showers and thunderstorms the rest of the week, which should be helpful. :)
Sweet Williams are just going past their prime, but some of them still look nice.
Same for the Valerian, but another of its wonderful qualities is that it fades gracefully!
Cosmos 'Picotee'...the flowers are pretty, but I'm a little disappointed in the plants. I planted them near the back of the garden expecting them to be tall, but they only reached about 2 feet!
The last of the Sweet Rocket and some Stocks...
I love black Hollyhocks and all "black" flowers! Sadly, my plants now have rust, which of course also affected the new seedlings I planted this spring...so probably no hollyhocks next year. :(
I just call these Bellflowers...they come up every year under a tree near my garden.
Old-fashioned Vining Petunias...so pretty and fragrant!
I'm very fond of these 'Emperor William' Bachelor's Buttons.
And of course more Borage, which you all are probably getting tired of seeing snapshots of!
I added a few wildflowers as well. These daisies bloom near a wood pile in our yard.
And White Sweet Clover (Melilotus albus) caught my attention with its sweet fragrance.
Not included in the vase, but I just had to show you the first 'Flemish Antique' poppy that opened yesterday! Isn't it beautiful?
It's always a pleasure to pick a bouquet, however simple or elaborate, and join other gardeners from around the world each week for IAVOM! You can see what they have gathered today at Rambling in the Garden.
I am a passionate gardener and seed-saver, who also enjoys playing the violin and accordion, running, spending time with my 4 golden retrievers, keeping chickens, photography, and reading.