|Early morning, just as the sun is beginning to peek over the trees.|
The front sidewalk flower bed is reaching a crescendo this week, and not a moment too late since the impending 100 degree temperatures this weekend are sure to bring it to its knees, if flowers have knees, that is.
|Sun's up a little further now.|
This is the second and third year for most of these plants and they've really filled in well. I'm so pleased with the combinations, the various shades of pink, orange, and chartreuse, and they all have scented foliage and/or flowers. Of course, everything is a native or native cultivar and a pollinator magnet!
|Ten minutes later and the sun is blazing!|
This half of the front sidewalk bed has a summer blooming theme, the half not pictured, is fall blooming. This is a full sun with afternoon protection site, and everything is quite drought tolerant. Plants include Purple Coneflower, White Coneflower (mystery), Wild Bergamot (monarda fistulosa), "Raspberry Wine" Bee Balm, "Shades of Orange" hummingbird mint, Common Milkweed, Italian Parsley, Dill, "May Night" Salvia, Purple-leaved Coralbells (mystery), Anise Hyssop "Blue Fortune", "Rosita" hummingbird mint, and a mystery sedum.
|I've really fallen in love with the pink, orange, and chartreuse color combo. (Dill and Purple Coneflower)|
|Monarda fistulosa, aka Wild bergamot, I love this plant!|
While I was taking these photos, trying to preserve the memory of this fabulous flower feast in my mind, I happened to notice several insects were also patiently waiting for the sun to rise, so that it may warm their bodies enough to get moving before a predator should stop by.
|Cool, early mornings are the best time to photograph insects like this moth, it's about the only time most of them sit still. (Wild Bergamot)|
|I think this bumblebee had just waken up, he was a little groggy. (Anise Hyssop)|
|Your only chance to find a cooperative hoverfly is on a cool morning.|
|A Camouflaged Looper, not yet camo-ed, heading for one of their favorite flowers, Anise Hyssop.|
|A Skipper, another insect that rarely sits still long enough to get a good photo.|