First of the chili peppers turns red. Can't remember what variety this is.
Ellie and pinwheel. Tiny bit of blooming monarda in the background, though it's all caught up in her leash, and a bit of alyssum under the pinwheel.
Kavya likes weeding; she's pulling tiny plants out from between the stones of the path. Hydrangea behind her, along with tall garden phlox, which I'm very grateful for, this time of year. One of the few things stalwartly blooming in my yard.
I just cut some of these Quickfire hydrangea blooms and brought them inside. Love the delicate shift as they head towards pink.
First bloom on a new hollyhock, afraid I don't remember the name. Might have it written down though. A bit scraggly, but pretty nonetheless. Need more hollyhocks!
I have had TERRIBLE luck with seeds; I am really bad at them. I must have planted a dozen seed packets in the spring, and this is the only thing that's come up, and I don't even know what it is -- something from a 'fairy garden' mix.
I want to say this is cosmos?
Yellow pear tomatoes, ripening.
Sweet 100 cherry tomatoes, the first to turn ripe. Delicious!
It's finally hot enough for my mandevilla to bloom. It's been a weird summer....but I'm not complaining. I will take fewer tropical blooms if it means it stays a bit cooler in Chicago.