Just Some Purty Flowers

So many things are blooming now, I just couldn’t stop at a couple of pictures.

purple coneflower echinacea
Echinacea purpurea (Purple coneflower)
purple coneflower echinacea rattlesnake master
Echinacea purpurea (purple coneflower) with Rattlesnake master in background
Anise hyssop
Anise hyssop
Liatris spicata or blazing star
Liatris spicata or blazing star. Starts blooming at the top and then blooms down the stalk
The Mirabilis jalapa or 4 o’clocks are a reseeding annual.  Some years I have more yellows and white, but this year I have more pink. They also like to cross breed and those are always a pretty combination.
4 oclocks, mirabilis4 o clocks
The Asclepias tuberosa or milkweed is the host plant for the monarch butterfly.  It is also a favorite of bees!
asclepias tuberosa milkweed bee asclepias tuberosa milkweed bee
This rogue sunflower came up from the bird seed.
sunflower sunflower
Lots of yellow squash blossoms (also a bee favorite)
yellow squash yellow squash bloom
I’m liking this combo of gerbera daisy and angelonia
gerbera daisy angelonia
Rue-host plant for the swallowtail butterfly
Rue—host plant for the swallowtail butterfly
I also had a good harvest of elephant garlic
elephant garlic elephant garlic
and silverskin garlic
silverskin garlic
My back porch container of impatiens, caladiums and coleus
impatiens, caladium coleus
And last but not least, a couple of cute animal pics
Sweet Annie
Sweet Annie
Lazy Daisy
Lazy Daisy
Everything I plant is butterfly and bee friendly so if you are looking  to attract these pollinators to your garden (and keep your animals safe), it’s very important not to spray with any chemicals.  Sermon over.
Have a great weekend!
p.s.  we are headed to the lake this week for some R and R.  Should be interesting since we don’t have TV, internet or cell phone service!  So if I don’t respond, you know why.  Talk about roughing it!

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