The sun glinting off the clouds drew me outside this morning. I think I’ll use this photo as a desktop background for a while. Just breathe in the cool morning air!
Beautiful morning sky in the mountains of southcentral Pennsylvania.
I can’t seem to catch this garden spider on the other side of her net. I’m sure many people kill this lovely Argiope spider because of its scary size, but I’ll leave her to catch lots of other visitors that we don’t want chewing on the plants or buzzing around our heads.
The giant blue hyssop is doing well, even though it was squeezed into the garden. There must be a dozen flowering tops now.
Giant blue hyssop flowering tops.
The catnip at the end of the flagstone walkway is flowering nicely. It draws the honeybees and bumblebees, and the cats!
Terminal flowers of catnip are blooming.
The purple cone flowers are fading quickly. The color is draining from the flower petals and grasshoppers and such are nibbling on the petals and leaves.
Grasshopper shopping for a little lunch among the purple cone flowers.
Faded purple cone flower is now a light pink.
The cone flower stems are still erect because we used a small tomato cage to contain them. In Spring before the Echinacea put out a lot of growth, we put a cage over this cone flower plant. As the plant grew the stems were guided inside the cage and pretty soon the leaves covered the cage to hide it from view. The cage supported the stems as they gained height and really showed the coneflowers at their best.
We’ll leave the seed heads on the purple cone flowers over the winter. It seems to be a favorite stopping place for the goldfinches.