Summer Blooms

Despite (or because of) the heat and intense thunderstorms our plants are making some beautiful blooms:

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Cedarglade St. John’s Wort (Hypericum frondosum) is a favorite of the bees, and you can see why: pollen for everyone!

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Widow’s Frill (Silene stellata) is indeed frilly, and as the species name suggests, star-like.

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Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) is always gorgeous, and a favorite of the hummingbirds.

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Speaking of hummingbirds, this is the result of their work pollinating another plant, Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens).  This is the first time I’ve ever seen a seed pod form on one of these and wouldn’t you know it’s bright red just like the flower.

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Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) providing both food and shelter from afternoon showers for this bumblebee.

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And finally, Blazing Star (Liatris spicata).  Keep these beauties in mind when planning you fall plantings.