My pollinator garden is in its 4th or 5th year, and though it takes work to keep ahead of all the weeds and Liveoak seedlings that grow as well as the perennial flowers in this patch, I truly enjoy it. The purple coneflower, which I originally grew from seed, is back for the third year, and it makes me so happy to see all its blooms.
I weeded the flower bed yesterday, and it’s much easier to see the new buds and foliage. This is bud #2 from the purple coneflower. I don’t know what it is about closeups that captures my interest. This one was too hard to pass by.
The purple coneflower that I planted a month or two ago has started to bloom. I have tried to grow these in the past and they never took. Maybe it’s due to the preparation of the flower bed that I did this year – compost, mulch and fertilizer. Works wonders.
It’s been rainy today. I got this shot this afternoon in between rain showers. I like the water droplets on the tips of the petals.