Technically it's not even mid-summer, but it feels like it. My garden is a little raggedy, though the hydrangeas are calm and reliable. Some of the flowers look like they spent too much time on the beach, if you know what I mean.
I stopped at a farm stand on my drive home from the Catskills and got zinnias, which I love for their cheerful, unsubtle colors.
Also sunflowers. Nothing subtle about them. Not having a container the size of a garbage can, I cut three feet off the stem. Flower people, what do you do with sunflowers?
I love them, but they look a little goofy close up...