|The job of keeping things loose and light has fallen to local peacemakers, Artemisia ludoviciana and Tanacetum parthenium, with a little help from a sunny Australian, Westringia fruticosa 'Morning Light'|
|Everything revolves around Blue Eustoma, which wasn't the case in her relationship with 'Loverboy', but is that important to her?|
Has Blue Eustoma moved on? It's hard to say. California Aster is supportive but lacks substance and tends to burn out when the heat is on. Beach Aster is nice but awfully short. It may be that she simply needs time to rest. There are signs that she's packing her bags to take off. Whether she'll be gone for a few days, several weeks, or the balance of the season isn't yet clear.
Meanwhile, 'Loverboy' is still carousing about, seemingly unprepared to settle down. Frankly, he was feeling the heat last week himself and his usual stamina was diminished. He once again sought out new companions, perhaps as a way of avoiding any chatter about his persistent infidelity.
|The Zinnias can take or leave 'Loverboy'. They have a fine time on their own.|
|As far as the Zinnias are concerned, the world revolves around them, not 'Loverboy'|
|Clockwise from the left, this group includes: Dahlia 'Loverboy', Cuphea 'Starfire Pink', Iochroma 'Mr. Plum', Prunus laurocerasus, and a mix of Zinnia elegans|
If any readers are concerned about the fate of Gomprena 'Itsy Bitsy', don't be. She's a lot tougher than she looks. While there wasn't a long-term relationship in the cards with Dahlia 'Little Robert', she and Phalaenopsis are still together and doing just fine.
Rising above the sordid affairs elsewhere in the garden, the sunflowers all but demanded attention this week. The only problem they presented had to do with locating a vase capable of holding up their heavy heads.
|The noID sunflowers, grown from a 'Flash Blend' seed mix, dominate the front view|
|Seed grown Zinnias hold their own in the back view|
|Clockwise from the upper left, the vase contains: Helianthus annus 'Flash Blend', Abelia 'Kaleidoscope', dried flowers of Jacobaea maritima, Leucadendron salignum 'Chief', Pennisetum advena 'Rubrum', and a mix of Zinnia elegans|
Visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for more vase views.
|The first vase sits in the front entry, the second in the living room, and the third on the dining table|
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