Sometimes I forget what a lucky woman I am. This very week I am celebrating my 73rd birthday. There is no need for Ed to send me flowers. The garden is filled with blooms and that is not all. The butterfly bush right in front of the house has beautiful plumes of flowers and attracts butterflies like this tiger swallowtail.
Liatris has taken over now that the pinxter has finished blooming. I could never have too many of these plush purple plumes.
Ed's magnificent Spiritual Corridor is so lovely you hardly notice the catnip and milkweed. Looking out the window from the house even the spent blossoms look colorful. It all depends on your point of view!
Lemon basil, red basil and nasturtium leaves and flowers all make their way into my salads. The fragrance makes plant identification a snap. Yes, there is more milkweed here.
Sea holly is a fascinating plant that draws all kinds of pollinators. It's purple too! It makes a great cut flower, but I like to frustrate myself trying to get good pictures of any new visitors that might show up.