Summer is speeding right by.
The gardens are looking better because of the cooler temperatures (as opposed to 100s of last year), the more frequent rain (as opposed to drought) and no hail (yet).
M and I experimented with 4' tomato cages around the milkweeds. It worked! I can walk along the north garden path without fighting my way through leaning milkweeds.
I'm a little nutso about my volunteer snapdragons which have taken over the south gravel walkway. The pale purple daylily is called "Prairie Blue Eyes". I bought it years ago and it's been moved around this garden trying to find the location it will be the happiest. First, the location was too sunny and hot. The 2nd was fine til the Russian sage grew large enough to provide too much shade - the daylily pouted and did not bloom. I moved it (and other baby daylilies) into the former strawberry bed which seems to make everyone much happier.
I finished the merino poncho - knit with size 8 needles of my handspun and it's wonderfully soft! I'll get a lot of use of it when fall arrives - walking weather! Photos when it's cool enough to wear it.
I originally begun the "Uptown Poncho" pattern in Rosemary Drysdale's Enterlac book and as usual wandered off into another realm. I did the fronts and backs as in her pattern but omited the ribbing border and at the neck. Instead I did a simple stockinette enterlac pattern border and a slip stitch crochet neck. I used all but a few yards of my handspun which made me very happy.