I went out early to check things and the dew was very heavy, way too wet to do any garden work. I did find a glad broke over so I brought it in.
Most of my flowers are pretty sorry looking because of our weather, but the two heirloom roses, Reine des Violette and Baronne Prevost have done another set of blooms and I found a few that the beetles hadn't ruined.
I was surprised by this one:
and a close up of the bloom
I started with a white and a deep rose hibiscus moscheutos, Swamp Mallow. All were started from seeds. Over the years I have lost some (a tornado felled a monster Elm tree on a row of them), some died. I think last year I had a white, and a medium and dark pink. The do self seed rampantly and I let a few grow each year. Last year I got a deeper rose with reddish stems right by the mother plant without reddish stems. Now I have this wonderful pure pale pink with no eye right outside the kitchen window.
I am currently letting 3-4 grow right in front of the cistern planter. They will have to be moved this fall. I think I will put them in the new shrub border out front.
These are Willie's (predator victim) babies from a year ago.