Above, rose 'Queen of Elegance'
Below, first Dahlia of the year, 'Cafe Au Lait':
The garden still looks wonderful. However, the next few days promise temperatures in the mid 90's F (34 C) which will either destroy or shut down flowering. Time to start looking forward to autumn, and focus on indoor projects. Nothing to do now in the garden except spot-water to keep things alive, and avert one's eyes from dessicated flowers and sunburnt foliage.
Hellebore still flowering!
Hemerocallis 'Merlot Magic' coordinating with fresh new rose foliage
Clematis 'Perle d'Azur' climbing Grevillea 'Moonlight'. The thready flower centers echo the thready Grevillea foliage.
Clemantis 'Etoile Violette' with rose 'Sombreuil':
Lavender 'Provence' with rose 'Laguna' as backdrop:
Verbena with Tritelia 'Queen Fabiola' as backdrop:
Clematis 'Blekitny Aniol'
Geranium 'Rozanne' with Cuphea 'Vermillionaire' and Verbena as backdrop:
The Sprekelia clump continues to send up new flowers:
Second Dahlia to flower: 'Loverboy'
Mutant Gaillardia flowers. The bees don't mind.
All the Leonotis leonurus are in full flower now:
I threw hundreds of Hunnemannia seeds on the front slope, and got two plants. Down in the part shade gully, it seems like every Hunnemannia seed germinated.
A pale Hydrangea looks fine with white Leucanthemums and a bright Fuchsia, but...
...but not with the Aechmaea blanchetiana and a coral fuchsia. Must change this.
Not so bad from farther back:
Third Dahlia of the year--this red pompom came from a clump of red-striped yellow Dahlia. Will it produce flowers with the original coloration as well?
The yellow version:
Agapanthus 'Black Pantha' is taking its time opening.
Geum 'Totally Tangerine' flowers are really cute little things
From tiny to really big:
Happy What's-Left-Of-Spring. Autumn isn't that far away.