Another superb unusual cut flower surviving
is "giant scabiosa" (Cephalaria Giantea) and it is indeed a giant at 7' tall and makes a huge clump. I do not have space for it by the house... but it is happy in the wild garden.
A little self-seeder I never see in gardens (but should) is a delightful 18" perennial pincushion "Knautia Macedonia" It is not long-lived but seeds politely and is not the least invasive. It is darker maroon than this photo... Love it. I once posted a bouquet of unusual perennials and this one stumped everybody.
I used to remember both botanical an common names of all my plants and now I'm lucky if I can remember either... But any name for this plant escapes me this morning.
I speak from experience that if you venture into these weeds in sweat pants you might as well throw them away because you will NEVER get all the burrs out.. Definitely jean territory.
Last but not least the lavender everywhere is in full bloom. I mentioned recently that years ago every time I planted a rose I surrounded it with lavender but most of the roses are long gone and mega clumps of lavender are throughout the wild part of the garden. It is a super dark variety Hicote. If it is a moist spring I can lift long branches and find new plants growing underneath. I haven't done that for 4 or 5 years so must mark the calendar and do it in the spring for plants to put by the peony garden. Some elderly ladies from a church used to come and pick carloads of it and dry it to sell at their bazaar.
Our resident hummers are calliopes and black-chinned but this week we were treated to a visit by colorful rufous passing through.
And large batches of baby quail are finally emerging from the safety of the juniper and mahonia. Here they are basking in a warm patch of sunlight. It will be nonstop parade from now until fall.