Despite (or because of) the heat and intense thunderstorms our plants are making some beautiful blooms:
Cedarglade St. John’s Wort (Hypericum frondosum) is a favorite of the bees, and you can see why: pollen for everyone!
Widow’s Frill (Silene stellata) is indeed frilly, and as the species name suggests, star-like.
Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) is always gorgeous, and a favorite of the hummingbirds.
Speaking of hummingbirds, this is the result of their work pollinating another plant, Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens). This is the first time I’ve ever seen a seed pod form on one of these and wouldn’t you know it’s bright red just like the flower.
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) providing both food and shelter from afternoon showers for this bumblebee.
And finally, Blazing Star (Liatris spicata). Keep these beauties in mind when planning you fall plantings.