This bee was so laden with pollen from the white Rose of Sharon that he dropped straight down before he managed to straighten up and fly right.
The butterfly bush has been attracting all kinds of pollinators: various bees, at least two kinds of butterflies, and some hummingbirds.
Volunteer trifecta: purple(ish) Rose of Sharon, white Rose of Sharon, and yarrow.
Maypop, aka Passion Flower. It grows where I don’t want it, but at least it’s pretty.
I’m assuming this is some sort of weed, but it’s pretty, so I kept it around.
I didn’t realize when I planted the oregano so close to the back door that it would be a favorite of bees.
Hydrangea paniculata — always an August favorite of mine.
Close-up of the hydrangea
Hardy hibiscus — all three were in this shy state when I tried to photograph them this evening.
Purple Rose of Sharon is closing up for the evening.
This invasive Morning Glory’s days are numbered.
Can you spot the goldenrod amongst the dwarf flowering almond?
This mum is in an unfavorable spot; it gets pests and disease every year.
This perennial is a favorite of bees.
This perennial is a welcome volunteer of some sort.
I’ve decided that I love Cosmos. I deadhead them weekly and they thank me by continuing to bloom.
The porterhouse tomatoes haven’t gotten much bigger since last month, but this one started turning red just today.
As always, many thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day!