After all the heat and humidity, and the complete lack of rain, we get a day like today. 70s, sunny, clear, lovely. Dry.
Storms missed us again yesterday, just by a few miles. I watered everything I could, including the newest of the plants on the back hill, especially the new spicebushes. A nice pin oak that was growing so well is almost completely denuded now.
The dwarf butterfly bush in Northern Exposure that I thought would not bloom (the container one bloomed weeks ago) now has purple spikes! Kind of a lot of purple with the geraniums next to it, but it's ok.
I chopped back the floppy wild coreopsis in the back of the Birch Garden and it looks so much better now. Moved a bright orange zinnia from the patio wall to Meadow's Edge... zinnias are so bold and colorful they add a lot to that back garden. Plant more next year!
I love, love, love this cardinal flower. I made some cuttings from stems that broke when I moved this to the front of Meadow's Edge. Get more! Do more cuttings for next year. The red really is intense.
Changed the hummingbird feeders today.