Today’s photos come from Eileen deCamp in Charlottesville, Virginia.
I love growing lavender (Lavandula species and hybrids), but it can be challenging in our Virginia climate with humidity, clay soil, and rain! Here is a photo of a gathering basket I found at an antique shop filled mostly with ‘Super Blue’, ‘Melissa’, and Hidcote lavender. You can see the Melissa lavender bush at left, with Munstead lavender in the back. These are all great culinary lavenders. I love making shortbread and ice cream and adding lavender to peach cobbler and blueberry jam! YUM!
A glorious harvest of fragrant lavender.
Honeybees enjoy lavender at least as much as humans do.
Traffic jam on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia, annual) as a hummingbird and a butterfly both try and get a sip of the nectar.
Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus, annual). This wonderful annual is easy to grow from seed and gives loads of flowers in return for very little work.
Close-up of a particularly rich-colored cosmos. If you save seed from your favorite plants of cosmos each year, you’ll get more in the colors you like best.
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