With the volunteer strawberries pretty much picked over, the wait is on now for our first tomatoes. The four different seedlings given to us by friends are about full-grown and flowering. The yellow sungolds appear to be in the lead, already bearing a few yellow-green tomatoes.
Many perennials are in full bloom, including echinacea, bee balm, and coreopsis. In our plot, the black-eyed susans are up to my waist. I seem to forget each year how long it takes for the flowers to appear. They can be such a tease, with their finger-like petals clasped over their faces as if they were playing a long game of hide-and-seek.
Finally, the tallest sunflower is the garden appears to be one of the two volunteers growing in our plot, at about 6 feet. After a little watering and a few showers these past few days, much of the garden is bushy and green. With the exception of a little weeding and deadheading, I'm trying to take the time to relax, examine, and enjoy all of our hard work for the next few weeks before the serious harvesting begins.