A fancy variety of rudbeckia grown from seed this year, that ought to be perennial.
Cheerful closeup of a pink monarda. Note the unopened flowers have little hairs coming off the ends.
What the inside of a blue perennial geranium flower looks like.
This is the bloom of a pickerel weed, a bog plant. You can see that it’s covered in tiny tipped hairs, like a sundew.
I don’t know what kind of butterfly this is, enjoying the milkweed. It’s hard to catch one with its upper wings out.
And here’s an inside view of the milkweed hedge, this year producing such clutches of seedpods that the look is a little tropical.
And finally, the abundance of coneflowers along the drive. Not much butterfly traffic so far this year. A fritillary and a yellow, and several of the tiny ones, but only one each of pioneering large butterflies: a monarch and a tiger swallowtail. The populations may pick up in late summer. And I have goldfinches feeding in this bed, mostly on tithonia seed.