The ever-present screeching squirrel seems to have done a number on the flower bed closest to the house. There appears to be an arm-sized tunnel dug under the bean plant. I guess screaming at us from under the stairs at our front door wasn't good enough.
|Driveway perennial bed. The Hansa rose is reblooming!|
Among the perennials in the large raised bed, I randomly planted a variety of sunflower seeds this spring. The ones on the sunniest end are now blooming and I hope to see a few more. I planted pollen-free sunflowers, which are probably desired by people who want them as mess-free cutflowers, but I mostly just want them to look good outside. I love the combination of the coneflowers (Echinacea) with the sunflowers. They bloom at the same time and the deep pink looks great against the golden sunflowers. The garden-Pinterest of my brain is going to lock this in as an idea to replicate in the future, with even more sunflowers and more Echinacea. The cosmos would also look great in front of the tall sunflowers.
|Geese honking over our yard, heading south for the winter.|
|Pink cosmos with the lilies in the center raised bed.|
|Foreground: alpine bed. Background: The large raised bed filled with perennials.|