First, the floor is done.
I forgot to take a "before" picture, but basically what was there was neutral wall-to-wall carpeting. My daughter and I were concerned that the fireplace would clash, but decided it is okay. Daughter is also trying to persuade me to get a round table for the room, one about the size of that there card table. I'm seriously weighing that idea.
Meanwhile, I now have an acre of Durastone to mop.
The story with the upside down tomatoes is, one had a broken stem, which is why it looked parched even though it was supposedly well watered. I broke it off completely, stripped the lower leaves, and stuck it into a pot to see if it will take root and recover. I have not had this problem before, but it only makes sense because, even though the plants are upside down, they are trying to grow rightside up.
The heat and humidity have done in some of the bloomers - the clematis by the front door dropped its petals faster than a streaker in January - while forcing others out of their buds.
Dragon's Blood sedum:
It never looks as good as the photos in the catalogs, but it does well in dry conditions.
A red lily of some variety:
This one does not last long once it blooms.
I finally figured out that deadheading this plant severely limits how well it comes back the following year. I thought it regrew from the roots, but actually it reseeds itself.
Some yellow daylily that was part of a collection:
I keep meaning to do something new with all the different lilies and daylilies I have scattered around the yard, but have yet to get around to it. It's not like they are going anywhere.
This is a small-flowered clematis - I can't find its name right now - that I think blooms most of the summer.
It has been moved and abused so often I'm surprised it is still alive, let alone blooming.
No vegetable garden is complete without marigolds:
Usually I select a mahogany-colored variety, but now I'm favoring orange.
This hosta gets a lot of sun, but doesn't seem to mind:
Behind it are Stella d' Oro daylilies.
I know the name of this tickseed:
Coreoptis Grandiflora 'Early Sunrise'.
And, now that the privet is done blooming, the volunteer milkweeds are serving as aromatic replacements:
Every year I let a few of these go, and sometimes monarchs visit, but I never find any eggs, let alone caterpillars, on the plants. Maybe this year.
I keep trying to capture just how lovely the barberry looks with its new growth. This is the best I can do.
It's even better in real life. Trust me.
And because no entry this year would be complete without a bunny pic: