milkweed is blooming
I planted white swamp milkweed (var. Ice Ballet) in my garden a couple of years ago. Last year it was all foliage, no blooms. This year my patience has been rewarded–its beautiful clusters of white flowers have the most delicious vanilla scent.
This mallow (I think the variety is called Zebrina) comes back year after year despite it being a favorite treat of the rabbits.
After I admired the tall verbena in my friend Anne’s garden, she gave me a division last year. It blooms all summer into fall. Although this clump overwintered for me, I believe it is considered an annual here, though it self-seeds readily.