I am back! Work and a wedding kept me busy last week, but I was able to squeeze in some gardening. Last weekend I went to a "plant swap"! How genius is this - you bring some of your extra perennial plants that you don't want or need, and trade them for some that other people have brought. I took some yarrow and strawberries (which are totally invasive, by the way!), and walked away with enough plants to fill in my bed!
I took home some purple coneflowers, which will look like this when they're fully grown:
And an obedient plant, which will look like this (only in pink) when it's mature:
I took some irises to plant around the base of my tree. They're a little floppy right now, but next year they'll look better.
Here is the peach tree - to the left and right are some autumn sages that my parents gifted to me from their yard, and in the back will be the purple coneflowers and some calla lillies. To the left of the autumn sage bush are some small sprouts of shasta daisies and the paprika yarrow that I already had.
Here is what the autumn sage will look like when it's grown and in bloom - really pretty! They attract lots of hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees.
Sandwiched between two more autumn sages is a Chinese orchid. I had never heard of these, but they are more like lillies than orchids.