We've had some record high temperatures here at the Paco Command Center, along with occasional heavy storms. That's probably why the place is starting to resemble a jungle; although it's a colorful jungle.
The petunias seem to love the heat.
So do the cannas (which I like to refer to as the Virginia Tech lilies, because of the weird color combination: orange and purple).
There's a reason these plants are called butterfly bushes: I counted a dozen or so butterflies, representing three species. The flowers also attract bees and humming birds.
This is a spider flower. I don't know why it is, but the pink flowers don't open up until the early afternoon; the white ones stay open all the time.
The Texas stars are coming in like weeds (which I suspect they may actually be; pretty ones, though).
This thing looks very unprepossessing; however, it's one of the most useful plants we have. It's called lemon-balm (smells exactly like lemon), and if you crush the leaves and rub the oil on your skin, it keeps the mosquitoes away (tested by Mrs. Paco, herself, who has always been, for reasons unknown, one of nature's leading mosquito magnets).