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This morning I was greeted by the sight of one of my newer additions, the ballon flower plant in purple, I planted him, I think, three years ago and every year, he gets larger and stronger. The bee balm has also started to bloom; I have two colors, red and light purple, and the colors go very nicely with the neighboring cone flowers and fake Astor plant. I also couldn’t help but include another picture of my lavender, lavender is just so soothing, peaceful and pretty, I can’t get enough of it.

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The tall phlox are this close to blooming; I am going to have white and various shades of purple throughout the back. I already have quite a bit of tall phlox blooming out in front which looks quite pretty, breaking up the green and taking the eyes away from the spent irises and the peonies. My Mandeville has decided to show me one bloom, I hope that I will get a few more later on as the summer progresses, maybe I didn’t prune it enough. Gardening is always a new lesson with the plants as our teachers and our guides. We just need to listen.