Over on the left I have several plants I'm watching most anxiously.
The twiggy thing at about 10 o'clock is a Texas Star Hibiscus. This thing will probably get about 8' tall, and will have big, 5 petal dinner plate sized flowers that sort of make a star. This will probably have about 6 or 7 canes the first year. I'll let it die to the ground in winter, and then in spring, I'll clear away all the dead old growth as a much larger number of canes emerge from a well-established root system. Then it will pretty much be a perennial here, and may thrive with little to no care from me.
Up at about 1 o'clock is a very nice indigo colored salvia. 3 O'clock is a "Purple leaf sage" which I chose for its brilliant scarlet blossoms. The leaves don't look purple to me at all, but I'm wondering if they'll change later on.
The scraggly looking plant at about 5:30 is Achillea Paprika, a variety of Yarrow.
Finally, over at 8 o'clock is a very nice Agastache. All these plants in bloom should be nigh irresistible to hummingbirds and butterflies. I'm really hoping for a major contrast to show you in just a month or so. :)
I still have a lot of weeding to do, and I need to lay down a lot more mulch. More to come
To my great relief, I got a B in Anatomy & Physiology. To say I'm pleased would be a vast understatement. I'm glad that's over, and I'm seriously going to earn (and make) an A in part II in the Fall.