Color in the yard provides a lift to the spirit. Especially when the summer heat is parching everything.
A gift from a bird has multiplied into a small forest of Germanders. They are in the mint family with clusters of tiny flowers with a touch of pink inside each petal. This variety grows to be about a foot tall.
Good old faithful succulent Ice Plant (Aptenia cordifolia) returns every year when the weather warms up. This one has been in a pot for years. Because our winter was so cold, it took longer to spring back and bloom.
One of my all time favorite flowers is Purple Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea). The common name seems so wrong since they are pink rather than purple. It generously reseeds making for some surprising locations of new plants each spring.
The round red flowers are Strawberry Gomphera.
“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.” Frank Zappa