The Gardenview Scarlett Monarda's red, long lasting, spiky blossoms were real eye catchers. A small remnant of the plant remains, and I'm hoping it will fill in again. Also my tall Baby's Breath plant is a ghost of it's former self. Liatris, very few blossoms. Coneflowers, Maltese Cross and Shasta daisies are all blooming on shorter stems.
This is the border in it's previous glory:
In 2011. Fabulous red monarda and maltese cross to the right of the step ladder.
In 2010. It also seemed the flowers were blooming in unison. This year many bloomed early on short stems some bloomed at their usual times.
To compensate for some trouble with the perennials, I have loaded up on more annuals this year.
Current year 2012. Pretty, but not as lush as previous years.
The pitiful (10" instead of 3 feet high) monarda is behind the pail of coleus.
Astilbes in red and white at the front of the border.
Nicotiana and pink marguerite daisies in the laundry tub sunk in the border.
This photo was taken at sunrise and the glow is so pretty!
This sign has been in my border for so long that I sometimes refer to the garden as the "Garden of Weedin'". Globe thistles not quite in bloom. We must have got an inch of rain the day before yesterday so I hope the grass greens up.
The Shastas growing next to the step ladder.
The yellow asiatics blooming on shorter stems with less blossoms.
One of the best annuals to fill the border in a year like this is the Marguerite yellow daisy. Forever blooming. Filling in nicely.
White coneflowers and the tail end bloom of some Asiatics.
Extra large pink Asiatics.
Front and side of the stepladder. My chicken feeder is tucked in there on the left. Baby Tut grass and two calibrachoas planted inside. Kind of a disappointment. Did not take off.
Beautiful purple verbena in front.
That's the front yard border 2012!