You have to be a glutton for punishment to try and garden in this lousy part of the country. It's a constant battle against heat, humidity, storms, mosquitos and weeds. The hot weather arrived early this year, temp's in the upper 90's and high humidity so when the last couple days we had cooler weather, low 80's and fairly nice humidity, it was almost nice to sit outside and enjoy the flowers. So what happens?.... the annual invasion of the Japanese beetle. They are like locust they devour all the pretty blossoms.
This is one of my favorite garden pots. The purple and white flowers are called "Cup and Saucer". They are a double bell shape that kinda looks like a cup and saucer. What fascinates me is both colors are growing on the same plant. The beetles haven't attacked them yet, but I'm sure they will.
This is what they look like now. Well not really, there are a few blooms and leaves left in this photo, by now they are completely striped to the stem.
This is one of my cone flowers... see the happy bumble bee? I haven't seen any honey bees this year but quite a few bumble bees. They just wander around on the flower and take a little pollen.