In early August most of the perennials are finished and the annuals are taking center stage. Just about every plant in my garden has bloomed by now except for mums, sedum, and golden rod. The perennials that are peaking right now are Rudbeckias and Purple coneflower.
Because I was gone a few weeks due to computer issues, I have a few day lilies I never showed you. This pink beauty was in bloom at the end of July.
The purple coneflower makes an excellent background flower for the pink blooms of the day lily.
The sunflowers grow nice and tall right next to my bird feeder and cleome or spider plants.
This sunflower looks more like a sun daisy. The sunflower in the first picture had double yellow flower petals.
The sunflowers grow right in my front yard so I can see them from my kitchen window everyday.
I found this big, beautiful beetle on my day lily and was shocked. I had no idea what it was, nor had I ever seen this bug in Wisconsin before. I put this picture on Facebook hoping my other Wisconsin friends could identify it, but no one replied. Neither my husband nor daughter recognized the beetle either. So I'm hoping my readers might recognize it and tell me what it is.
Whatever it is, it sure picked a beautiful daylily to rest on, didn't it. I love the wine and yellow centers of this cream colored day lily.
This deep magenta pink Star Gazer lily I smelled before I saw it. It was tucked away in the back of a garden so I never noticed it. Then while I was weeding I smelled this heavenly fragrance and found it. What a wonderful surprise that was!
My top garden by my kitchen window is rich in hot summers now. I have zinnias and salvia annuals planted in here, plus perennials. The tall phlox and purple coneflower are really starting to shine now! The sunflower heads however are starting to bend over. I won't cut them down however, because I know the birds and squirrels love their seed.
My white viburnum bush really opened up this week. This is a gorgeous bush! It provides so much interest all season long. The flowers start white, but turn pink in the fall.
The viburnum bush makes a beautiful backdrop for the Black Eyed Susan's and Purple Coneflower.
My shed is being engulfed in flowers right now. I really need to get down there and clear some flowers/weeds away. The weather has been so hot I haven't been able to spend much time in the garden. Today was the first time in weeks I could finally enjoy being outside again.
Here is a close up of one of the Viburnum bushes flowers.
The Black Eyed Susan's look great up against the red garden shed.
This is a little pink salvia perennial I have growing in my upper garden.
Like I said, I need to get down there and clear some flowers/weeds out. LOL!
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