That's OK Mother Nature. I waited out Canon's special kind of Customer Service hell, I can outwait you. I feel like a Blog Postin' Maniac now that my camera's back. First my post on my trip to the Tower Hill Botanic Garden earlier today and now this.
Once the coast is clear I was able to take some new yard pictures to show what's blooming for Bloomin Tuesday.
I have to share this photo taking tip, which I found by screwing up and forgetting to change the setting (don't you just love when things like that happen?). Set your camera to the Sunset setting, if it has one. It will bring out the real color of your flowers.
Sedum Autumn Joy after the rain:
Monarda. When I first planted them, they were red. A year or two after they were planted, they decided to go all chameleon on me and came up two different shades of pink:
Our first Monarch butterfly of the summer!
Phlox Bright Eyes:
Nepeta Walkers Low. This is a new baby this year; I planted six of them around the yard. I didn't expect them to bloom this year so this is a nice surprise:
Pentas Graffiti Pink:
Echinacea Big Sky Sundown:
Phlox Nora Leigh is blooming - woo hoo!
This is the best mistaken mish-mosh in my garden right now (aka: complete accident):
Knock Out Rose Radrazz, looking a little beat from the rain and the $#@!@#$ japanese beetles. Rose Campion is still blooming and snuck into the second photo:
My little corner of Echinacea:
Volunteer seedling of Echinacea. I love free plants!
Achillea Cerise Queen, Queen Anne's Lace and Rudbeckia:
Hosta and Geranium Rozanne:
Can you believe this? Pansies are making a comeback!
Dianthus Garden Spice, still going:
Heliopsis, Rose Campion and Obedient Plant:
Obedient Plant. I know, it's naughty and spreads everywhere, but I just rip out the ones I don't want:
Rose Campion, Heliopsis Summer Sun, Peachleaf Bellflower, Obedient Plant and Echinacea Big Sky Sundown. Peachleaf Bellflower has been blooming since June 1st:
Campanula White Clips, begging to be divided:
Gaillardia, also blooming away. Long bloomers are my favorite:
The containers by the pool. Containers are new to me and I just learned something a few weeks ago..... fertilize them and they'll look so much better!
More coneflower, a different part of the yard than the previous pics:
Coral Bells Firefly, they have been blooming since Memorial Day weekend. This is the second flush of blooms:
Rudbeckias on the outside of the pool fence... the far side where nobody wanders. They look like they're in jail:
And to wind down the Flower Fest, here are a few overall yard shots to show everything blending together:
That concludes today's tour. Don't forget to stop by Jean's!