|True sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) are in bloom nearby|
|The Living Wall, shown here fronted by an herb garden and seating area, is looking great|
|Closer views of the mix of succulents, ferns and rubber plants (Ficus elastica) growing in felt pockets sustained by a hydroponic system|
|The giant bird of paradise (Streletzia nicolai) is loaded with blooms|
|There are still plenty of roses in full bloom, although I don't envy the job of the volunteers tasked with keeping them deadheaded|
|This area was planted with a mass of lavenders relatively recently. I didn't notice it until I began conducting tours again in early spring. I think it's peaking now.|
|The brightly colored crepe myrtle (Lagerstroemia) adds a nice contrast to the lavender|
|I'm guessing the stick-like tree with the burgundy foliage on the left in this photo is another crepe myrtle|
|The same area is also home to 2 nice Chitalpa trees. xChitalpa tashkentensis 'Morning Cloud' is an intergeneric hybrid of Chilopsis linearis (aka desert willow) and Catalpa speciosa. I wish I had someplace for a specimen this large!|
|On my way back to the parking lot, I snapped a final photo: Dahlia 'Dark Side of the Sun', blooming en masse|
We enjoyed an extended period of pleasantly cool weather into the early part of July but it seems that summer's heat has finally reached us. I'm hoping we can at least avoid another horrific heatwave of the kind we got last year.
Best wishes for favorable weather wherever you are this weekend!
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