This is summer time in part of the garden I do not show very much. This is by the street, a woodland re-creation that is quite wild despite my attempts to calm it down. Most of the garden season it is a quiet and subdued place, except for the moment that butterfly weed and beebalm bloom.
I was glad to find this photo as it reminds me of this shock of colour in an otherwise sea of green. Despite growing under birch tree clumps and beside a pine tree, some late afternoon sun enables these two plants to bloom and flourish. The beebalm, or monarda didyma, is of a scarlet hue which works beautifully with the bright orange of the butterfly weed or Asclepias tuberosa.
Never mind spring, c'mon summer!