|Also known as "Mary and Joseph" (a much more picturesque name), it has both pink and blue blooms on it. Complete with bumblebee.|
|Without Mr. B, but with more pink. Mine seem to produce the blue flowers first, then the pink ones. Very strange and pretty cool.|
And the butterfly bush:
|Well camouflaged against the dirt.|
|Well chewed by a mysterious pest. It's too early for earwigs, the usual culprit, so I suspect ants, of which we have a boatload this year.|
|This was taken in April; it should have been covered in leaves and buds but the deer needed fed and thus it was bare.|
|It's still pretty bare, but there is hope that it will live, although not bloom. I don't know how many years it can keep up this resilience, though.|
Other peoples' plants are thriving, too. Here is that huge tree stump covered in ivy that I pass on my walks:
|It will be even more splendid later this summer. Updates will be posted.|
And another tree that didn't look impressive when it was bare:
|Barely recognizable. A good outfit can cover a multitude of sins for trees as well as for people.|
We are well on our way to summer, if you ignore the 8 degrees C nights (46 degrees F). It's been wonderful for sleeping, so I'm not complaining.
And I just realized that the dead leaves don't really show up in these shots, because the new growth hides them. Meanwhile, those old leaves are keeping the weeds down and feeding the plants as they compost. I don't know how procrastination could get any better than that.
The old plant stalks probably need to go, though. Soon ... soon.