I am participating in Jean's Bloomin' Tuesday with some blooms and questions about some of them. The link to her blog is in my sidebar.
I kept forgetting to post a photo of the purple milkweed I planted this spring that is blooming. The first 2 photos were taken July 8th. I love the pinkish vein in the leaves. That's leadplant behind it.
I'm not sure if I have a favorite flowers list, but milkweed blooms have been tied with the daylilies the last few days.
This photo was taken the 11th. I am trying to decide whether I should let it go to seed so I can have more, or deadhead it so the plant will become well established before winter. (I just planted it in May.) What do you think?
I'm sure this is a weed, but I kind of liked how it looked before it started going to seed. I'm thinking I better get this out. I want to find out if anyone knows what it is before I sit down with my weed book. (I think Msrobin correctly identified this as safflower. Thanks, Robin!)
Is this fleabane? (I did find my book on weeds, and think this is a fleabane of some kind.)
This is the third season for this 'Kim's Knee High' echinacea. It looked much better than this the last couple of years. I'm wondering if it's diseased. I couldn't figure it out by doing a search. I did come across Dawn's Bloggy Blog, and got sidetracked looking at some awesome photography, but forgot to get the link. She had a post from a year ago that came up in the search, even though it did not help me figure out if these are diseased. I've heard of some pulling them out if they look like this, and others letting them grow. Benjamin, from The Deep Middle, who lives in the same area I do, said he's had some like this, too.
Here's the 'Harvest Moon' I planted at the same time. I got these from one of our more expensive nurseries. I went out to look at the leaves awhile ago, and they are nice and green.
Well, have a great week! We are continuing to have lots of rain. It's nice out now. I'm either going to go out to garden or go to my daughter's and help her with some of her clutter.