violetto artichokes

I can’t eat these Violetto artichokes because they are too beautiful and they attract an enormous crowd of different kinds of bees and other insects.

a surprise canna lily

I was given this potted plant about five years ago. I planted it in a spot where it ended up getting trampled a lot and forgot about it. Now it is protected by these hostas, and it has bloomed for the first time. Maybe it loved that intense heat we got early in June.