It’s been a while since we had some flower watching, hasn’t it? We’re getting to the part of the summer where I give up any pretense of pulling weeds, and where there’s so much dust everywhere, and the grass is so dead, that things aren’t quite so pretty and shiny. Still, it’s beautiful here, in it’s overgrown way!
This pink Monarda isn’t the slightest bit bothered by dust.
And I love the way it looks next to this ornamental Hyssop, with the deep dark Doug Fir behind them.
And speaking of Monarda, I tried to catch one of this fellow’s frequent visits:
And you can sort of see him or her, so I guess it’s not too bad. They’re SO fast.
And, have some Mugwort!
Yes, that’s my car behind it, and no the Mugwort is NOT planted in a raised bed. It’s a good two feet taller than my car or better, and just coming in to bloom. You can bed some smudge sticks involving Mugwort are being made, and I think we’ll dry some for some delicious Mugwort Beer (sometimes referred to as Gruit). We brewed some before and it was surprisingly delicious. Sure packed a wallop though! (Says the girl with the world’s lowest alcohol tolerance).
And, speaking of my car, a few days ago I was taking pictures for my shop and this little fellow kept flying in circles around me and swooping at me. I finally stopped, and he landed on the antennae of the volvo and let me take several photos of him. It was almost like he knew I had the camera and wanted to be immortalized in photo. Isn’t he amazing?
He’s tiny, that’s my car antennae he’s perched on. I was so pleased that the detail in his wings came out fairly clear.
And as always, the herbs love the hot weather and sunshine. Here are two kinds of basil, and a little volunteer Motherwort.
And one of my favorite weeds, Queen Anne’s Lace; stunning.
I hope y’all are enjoying your summer. I know we are.