Rainy Bloom Day

May Dreams Gardens' Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day always encourages me to take stock--stop and smell the roses, if you will. 

After eight years gardening in the Mid-Atlantic, I've noticed that occasionally the summer just peters out early, whether we get really hot weather or not. I wonder if that is why my okra is just limping along? 

I can't complain about all the rain, even though the mosquitos mostly chase me inside. I wait for better weather for transplanting and time to plant the fall seeds. As always, the ornamental garden is a work in progress, with some definite bright spots. 

Like this fragrant little mystery plant, which I determined to be American false pennyroyal, Hedeoma pulegioides. It's nice when something randomly pops up that is not a weed. I think I will move it out of the vegetable garden before the winter squash eats it and let it spread all over, anywhere I can smell the leaves. Until we have "Smell-O-Vision" through the internet, you will just have to imagine a combo of Anise hyssop and pennyroyal mint. It's got teeny purple flowers that I cannot capture.

The mist flower (Ageratum) has begun its late-summer takeover. 

Limelight towers and then flops, with sunburned blooms.

There is enough Joe Pye weed to outrun the rabbits.

Some of my Echinacea survived the marauding rabbits, too. Here it is with butterfly weed and Salvia "May Night."

The rest had to be planted inside the rabbit fence.

I moved these Verbena plants at just the worst time, but they bounced back beautifully. Still on the agenda: more grasses like these.

All this Salvia, but I've only seen one hummingbird this summer. They are probably in the front yard on the honeysuckle.

Happy gardening!