The good news is that I fell off blogging because I was on vacation.
The bad news is I've fallen off blogging now because of work.
The good news is this new sand coreopsis (C. lanceolata) is blooming.
The bad news is that something has been eating the petals.
(Who could be the culprit? Earwigs? Slugs? Japanese beetles? Hard to say!)
The good news is that my garden was well watered in my absence.
The bad news is that earwig season is in full effect.
The good news is summer is here!
The bad news is it's bloody hot.
The good news is this big-leaved aster (Eurybia macrophylla) is budding.
The bad news is that this one is not.
(Note to self: part shade is all these asters can handle, so don't push your luck.)
The good news is that I've already written about the whole aster-genus-name-change thing here.
The bad news is that I now have to look up the genera of my asters when writing about them.
And to leave things on a good note, here are some dianthus that are doing better than ever. It's as if they're showing this oppressive heat what they're made of! There's no bad news about that!
(The hot pink blooms on the right are a novelty this year. Until now this had only bloomed the light pink with dark eyes seen on the left. Is it hybridizing itself?)