The dahlias started…

The dahlias started coming out in force while I was away. On the first photo, note the tiny ladybug on the budding bloom. I'm so glad I planted several dahlias this year, though I can't remember what half of them are. They should bloom from now through October. Possibly November. :-)

This first beauty is agapanthus, I think? I'm pretty sure I planted it last year, but don't remember if it ever bloomed. I saw a ton of it in California, although mostly in a different shade of blue. It's right up against a dahlia -- they're crowding each other, but it seems risky to try to move either one right now. Hmm.

The tall phlox is very happy right now -- white, pale pink, dark pink. Drought-resistant and brightly colorful. Summer beauty allium also has survived the heat pretty well, seen here against a background of happy Russian sage. Everything is either overgrown or a bit parched right now, but a few days of care should set that right again.

Butterfly bush is going strong. The last few tiny roses (John Cabot, Darlow's Enigma). Morning glory continues to give one bloom at a time, which can be a bit frustrating, but better than none. Monarda is almost done, I think, but a few last odd-shaped blooms here and there. And that's it for what's blooming in my garden right now, aside from all the hydrangeas, which are a bit water-parched. I'll keep tending them, and they may be ready for their photo shoot tomorrow. :-)

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