This is a wide view of the yard around the barrel garden. You can see how shaggy the lawn has gotten, not being mowed for about 2 weeks. It's calf to knee-deep in many places. :/
This is the mowed path. You can see where I've been weeding. The walnut brush pile was around here and the grass seems to have recovered fine.
Marigolds are blooming in the barrel garden.
These are yesterday-today-and-tomorrow petunias. They open white, then get darker over the next couple of days, sort of a pinkish-lavender. They also reseed freely so they may come back next year.
Here is the container garden.
The purple-and-white-garden has hostas blooming again.
The septic garden is a jungle.
Zinnias are blooming here.
This is the white garden. The yuccas have set seed.
Cypress vines are climbing the support wire.
Queen Anne's lace is blooming in the yard.
These are my naked ladies.
Here's a closeup. I love how subtle their colors are. Also the stalks look like little alien heads before they bloom.
Here is the wildflower garden in its full summer glory.
This is a closer view.
Black-eyed Susans are blooming. Above them are the green seedheads of northern sea oats.
Purple coneflowers, yellow coneflowers, and Queen Anne's lace are blooming her.e
This is purple penstemon.
Official seal of approval: Two bees are busy servicing a coneflower. They seem to be mostly black, so I think they're native bees rather than the honeybees. If you don't actually see pollinators in your pollinator garden, you may have the wrong kinds of flowers and/or pesticide residue on them.
This is the blackberry patch.
The cup flowers are around 10-12 feet tall.
This is a long view of the prarie garden. Goldenrod is head-high or taller too.
Official seal of approval: Monarchs love the cup plants, but hate being stalked, so I couldn't get a real closeup.
This is the first patch of little bluestem grass. It has lots of grass, about calf-high by now, though I don't know if any of that is bluestem. It also has a lot of cup plants and some partridge pea. There's at least one zinnia growing down at the far end.
This is the second patch of little bluestem, about ankle-high by now.
Here is my sunchoke patch. The tallest ones are maybe 6-7 feet now.
The flowers are very similar to cup plants.
Official seal of approval: a monarch caterpillar munches on a milkweed. There are actually 2 of them on this plant. That's rare, because they tend to eat each other.
The big bluestem at the east end of the prairie garden is tall, but hasn't put up its seed stalks yet. Elsewhere I've seen some that already opened its turkey feet.