A recent post showed the part of the east bed next to the house. This is the area I left off with. The fence to the right is where the back yard is.
Jenny from Morning Glories in the Round Rock asked me to show a close up of the helenium. First, I'll show a shot of a clump, then, an individual bloom.
Here's a broader view of the area to the north of the house, and east of the back yard. You can also see a bit of the back yard. The morning glories took over some of the space on the lattice that belongs to a few clematis plants. Our deck is on the other side of the lattice. Larry and I are determined to only let 2 or 3 vines grow next year.
I was hoping to get the tub sunk into the ground to keep the bear's breetches from spreading. I didn't realize when I planted them that they have a tendency to spread. When I went out to see if I could dig a trench for it, parts of the tub chipped off. I realized that the whole thing would decompose if I sunk it. I'll have to figure something else out. I planted this the spring of 2009. It hasn't bloomed yet, but it is much larger than it was last summer, so I am thinking it will bloom next year. The bare spot to the left of the tub is where a daffodil was. Last year, I left the seed heads on the lovage, which is between the tub and the downspout. I liked how tall they were. I don't remember why I took them off this year. I think they were falling down or something. Maybe I was trying to keep a whole bunch of little lovages from coming up.
There are a few blooms coming on shorter stems of the lovage.
I am thinking this is pitcher sage. I got it at a plant sale put on by our community gardens. I hope it spreads a little next year. It's just been blooming a few weeks.
Here's one of the volunteer asters that came up in a good place.
Heading north, the agastache and veronica blooms have faded. I don't remember how many times I cut the amsonia back this season. It seems to be shaped pretty nicely, even though it's pretty large.
Here's a closer peek into the back yard. I didn't keep up with deadheading the false sunflowers on the east side of the fence this summer, but there is still some color.
Another clump of asters behind the agastache:
The false baptisia behind the amsonia and chicken holds its own in that spot.
I think the aster here is a volunteer, too. The black and blue salvia has grown so big, I couldn't find the purple milkweed last I looked. I hope it's still there.
I can't remember what this annual is right now. I'm glad to see it's blooming.
The pincushion flower still has some blooms.
This is the same area as 3 photos above, a higher view. You can see the morning glory on the light Larry's dad put there when this was his place.
I like the black eyed Susan vine on the ladder.
I wish I remembered what kind of goldenrod this is. I planted it on the other side of the shed when Larry's dad lived here. I moved a clump of it to this spot when we had the shed repaired. It seems to like it here. The grasses were planted to block the view of the garbage cans. I was not a fan of grasses, but Larry wanted them, so we planted them here. They have grown on me.
I like to grow this annual helenium. It has a long bloom time.
I had a hard time staying awake when I was posting these photos. Believe it or not, I deleted some that were similar to each other, as well as some duplicates. Still, I'm showing some different angles of the same plants.
I need to cut down the spent stalks of the hollyhocks.
The cleomes are volunteers.
A 'Spooky' Dianthus is blooming again.
Just on the other side of the wheelbarrow, in the lower right corner, is a plant that won't be shaded by its neighbors in the spring.
I look forward to seeing the hellebores bloom. There are others hidden by their neighbors in these beds, too.
Yes, I'm acknowledging it's fall, and a nice one so far. I hope to spend most of the last week of this month outside, since I will be off of work then. I am only able to be out an hour or so at a time these days.