Oh I adore a quiet morning in the garden. And, it is blissfully peaceful. While the chores call to me - edging, mowing deadheading a a bit of moving around, today is a day of contemplation and observation. If for no other reason than I had my nails done and I have a 36 hour rule of begging off all dangerous nail activity from the time of the last top coat. Please note that the 'Tazmanian Devil Made Me Do It' is an excellent match for Ipomopsis rubra.
Yes, I know, this means fall, and cold and summer coming to an end, but I can't think of a better colour of yellow.
The Veronicastrum is just about done - Bart on guard.
Something I hadn't noticed before, the seed casing of the Echium russicum (also known as E. rubra) gets really prickly. Wonder if it's one of those plants in its native Russia that was moved around by attaching itself to animals? I'm going to save some seed and try to move it around a bit - maybe I'll see if it sticks to Bart and have him shake in a new location. It is a biennial with bluish leaves and lovely purply red flowers. Also good to note for anyone looking for something hardy, most plants with russicum (from Russia) in the name will probably work in your garden wherever you live.
And just one more photo for today - the late Clematis that I grew from seed is blooming away. Very sweet little flowers, and the gigantic bees are mad for them. And of course a little more of that nail polish flower - Ipomopsis just to remind me that it's time for a nice glass of ice water, rest, relaxation and maybe should I feel the need for some activity - a little reading.