Mine, not its. Though, you know what, they're close enough. It was about 2 years ago this garden was nothing but a bed of mulch. Et maintenant, vas-y.
That's sweet autumn clematis on the arbor, the native one mind you. In its second year it is 10 times larger. Cool.
Can you find the monarch caterpillar above in the milkweed buds? Free caterpillar if you can. (click to open larger)
This goldfinch was picking out liatris petals and eating them. Whatever, you know?
First year with echinops and I am enjoying the balls, just not their aggressive foliar nature.
Then again, that's why we have 5,000 grasshoppers. Sigh.
Greyheaded coneflower, ironweed in back.
'Swan' echinacea and little bluestem.
Culver's root either looks angelic or demonic depending on my mood. It's an elusive classification for me. Either way, it looks painful.
Vervain is interesting, though petite blooms on 6' plants. These are placed right next to the ironweed--a mistake, since they get lost in the entanglement of ironweed stalks.
The above pics were taken with two cameras: a Canon PowerShot SD800 IS point and shoot, and a Canon Rebel XTi. Can you tell the difference? I sure can. And I'm amazed at how the time of day and angle of light can be used more effectively with the Rebel, if you know what you're doing. Or are occasionally lucky.