Summer Photo Walk, August 5

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The sunflowers are in full bloom at the Allen County Children’s Garden. The ones in my garden are lagging behind others in town because I was late to sow their seeds this year. The annuals are prospering everywhere, and this public garden was no exception.

I spotted a wind chime fashioned in part from souvenir spoons. That’s some creative upcycling.

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Baggage

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Yesterday I visited three wildflower prairies, and I’ve decided to share these pictures as the week progresses rather than make a single photo walk post of the best shots from yesterday. I can’t decide if the flower shown above is one of many varieties of wild sunflower that are now in bloom or a lance leaf coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata). Whichever flower it is, the honey bee loaded his leg bags with its pollen.

Garden, July 15

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I’m so pleased that my rose mallow hibiscus plant has started blooming. There are hundreds of buds on this single bush, and it has grown six feet high by five feet wide.

The garden was truly pleased with this week’s substantial rain. Most of the plants have increased their height and their blooms. My sunflowers climbed a foot higher and added canopies of leaves. They will not bloom for another month or so.

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