Viburnum, Foxglove, and Raspberrry

It is June 1st and the weather is hot.  I took a lot of pictures, but here are a few of the plant subjects that caught my attention this week.

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Flowers bloom on blue muffin viburnum.  On the top left the fuzzy strings are from the cottonwood fluff that is floating around the neighborhood these days.

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Here is a picture of the blue muffin viburnum this morning.  This is the first of my four viburnum to bloom.  It needs another viburnum blooming around the same time in order for it to produce its blue berries.  The raspberry tart viburnum is getting ready to bloom, so I might get a few berries on this bush for the birds.

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Fly resting on viburnum flower on a hot afternoon.

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Fly catching the morning sunlight on a fresh green leaf of the raspberry tart viburnum.  I am not sure, but I think this is a different fly species from the picture above.

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Prime time for blue hill salvia, which attracts a lot of bees.  In the background is the raspberry tart viburnum.  It is supposed to be about four feet tall, and I think it has already surpassed that.  It has really widened out in the past few years, and is an excellent shrub.

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The foxglove is blooming this week.  One evening as I was taking a picture of this flower I noticed that the hummingbird was working on the pink columbine flowers in the back of this picture.  While I was trying to focus, the hummingbird flitted around and spent the most time on the raspberry blossoms, behind the fence in this picture, before it flew away.

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Raspberry blossom – a favorite of the hummingbird this week.  All the fruiting plants could use a good rain now, as it has been dry and hot this week.

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Here is the foxglove with another background – the meadow where we don’t mow the grass.  Somewhere in that grass coneflowers, bee balm, liatris blazing star, and possibly some sunflowers are trying to rise above the grass to bloom.  In the back you can see our last two viburnum – viburnum dentatum chicago lustre arrowwood, which flowers later.

Berry update: The strawberries seem to be struggling this year.  I hope all works out and we get a good crop.  Half the berries on the serviceberry bush look dried out.  You can always count on the mulberries, though, which will be ripening up before long!

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