Monday 25 July 2011

Views in my sunny border, yesterday...

I love the blousy and abundant feeling of the sunny border in the height of summer. The herbs and veggies share the rose circle (climbing rose 'Angela' about to re-bloom)  on the left.  The border is populated with many of the usual suspects, Phlox paniculata, Shasta daisies, Veronicastrum virginicum, Perovskia atriplicifolia, Monarda didyma, Achillea millefolium ' Paprika',  Agastache urticifolia 'Golden Jubilee', Coreopsis verticillata ' Moonbeam', Echinacea  purpurea, Eupatorium purpureum, Verbena hastata and others, many of which are native plants and survive drought and attract bees and butterflies. I do battle with the riot of yellow beyond my fence or it will march on into my garden.
Veronicastrum virginicum visited by a remarkable bee. 
He was very large with distinctive markings and long legs.

Small birds in the sunshine, perhaps sparrows, eating the mustard seed just before I cut it back.

Mustard seed pods.

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