What's Blooming in the Backyard
Staghorn Sumac – smoking the bees with sumac berries is supposed to knock down mites.
'Magic Carpet' Spirea
Tufted Evening Primrose – where are my hummingmoths?!?
Salvia 'Rose Queen'
'Oranges & Lemons' Gaillardia
'Arizona Sun' Gaillardia
Stars of Persia (which usually bloom earlier, with the peonies), Coral Bells and Sedum Acre are a harmonious combination.
Reiter Thyme – thymol is another miticide
Himalayan Fleece Flower 'Border Jewel'
Feather Reed Grass 'Karl Foerster'
Elsewhere in the 'hood
Western Catalpa – the likely source of the smell of Sweet-Tarts
The ubiquitous pairing of salvia and yarrow.
Larkspur – such a fabulous shade of blue, I've got to find a place for this in the Backyard.