As the days heat up more flowers are starting to blooms.
Liatris spicata – blazing star – is a prairie plant. I added a number of new bulbs to the garden this spring. In the background are Shasta daisies.
Bumble bee on liatris spicata – blazing star.
I was so excited to see a monarch butterfly on my butterfly weed this week. I took this picture from the kitchen window because I did not want to scare it away.
Today I saw a red admiral butterfly on the butterfly weed.
First flowering of Buddleia buzz midnight – a butterfly bush I planted this year. I am waiting for it to get a little bigger and for the butterflies to find it. In front is lacinato kale.
The zinnias I planted from seed are just starting to bloom. I went out and bought a little wire fence to put around them so they won’t fall on the lawn. Later I put down some mulch here and around the yard after I did some weeding. These flowers are a real draw for the butterflies and the goldfinches love to pick off the flowers, too.
The dwarf mums have been blooming 6-8 weeks already! This color is called ‘bronze.’
Coreopsis – Tickseed
Cantaloupe flower. Other yellow flowers in the garden now are on the cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, and kale.
These are the wax beans I picked over the past two days. I boiled them with salt and pepper and added a little butter. Delicious!
Cooking: I also made a little pesto with basil, parsley, cashews, olive oil, nutritional yeast and lemon juice. It was really nice on a little French bread!