We've gotten plenty of rain the last couple weeks and the garden is pretty lush right now, in mid-July, when it's usually on the ropes as we head in to the driest, hottest part of the year. Above, the reddish pink flower in the foreground is knautia macedonica. The tall pink on the right is a thalictrum. The Japanese painted ferns have colonized the Gothic planter on the patio, an example of nature sweeping aside (gently) my idea of a planting scheme, and proposing a better one.
It's coneflower week in the garden, apparently. Yes, they are common, but they always remind me of the Midwest. I'm happy to step outside and see them each morning.
In the front garden the coneflowers are mingling with the blue blooms of hydrangea macrophylla 'Dooley'. I used to take this hydrangea for granted, but after no flowers the last two years I'm happy that the inevitable late spring cold spell didn't doom the flower buds this year.