A Kansas Country Garden - Second Week of June

Black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta, adds a splash of color to the garden.
What a wonderful summer we've had so far! And I'm not just talking about the weather. Although in a week with two lovely rains and a little bit cooler temperatures, the weather certainly adds to the wonder. To be truly wonderful, it usually involves people you love and that's what has made my summer so special. 

I'm still on a high from our Girls Weekend with my Schroeder cousins. We sent Mike down the road to bunk with our son and welcomed seven cousins plus a sister for an fun weekend. We are spread out far and wide and decades go by sometimes between face to face visits. 

We laughed, we cried. We talked, we sang. We shopped, we painted birdhouses. We ate, we ate some more. All too soon, we were saying good-bye. Precious time. So glad we did it!
Rose of Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus, blooms by the garden bridge.

Early morning light gives a glow to the Rose of Sharon

Hollyhock in the dawn's early light.
A medley of blooms.
Allium continues to bloom.
Sedum is grown mostly for its faithful foliage, but it does have a bright flower, too.
Gomphrena dries well, but is a great garden flower, too.
The Butterfly Bush, Buddleja, or Buddleia, grows quite tall.

In the Vegetable Garden
Is that a really big onion or are they really small tomatoes? The tomatoes are the first of a hopefully long harvest.
Peppers are beginning to set on.
Guineas in the garden does have a down side. It is this: they like bean plants. We finally fenced part of our beans and you can see the difference. The guineas could easily fly over the fence, but so far they haven't. (The round white flower is from the neighboring onions.)

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