I am not sure what to name this post. Everything is happening in the garden: flowers, vegetables, birds, insects, and mammals, etc. Here are a few pictures of what is happening.
Cone flowers and Joe Pye Weed
Close up of liatris, opened and closed flowers. Favorites of bees.
Zucchini blossom. Getting ready for lots of zucchini.
We have been eating a lot of bok choy recently.
Maybe we will cook up this red cabbage next week… This is the first cabbage I have successfully grown.
This huge collard plant is ready to eat, but it will wait while we finish eating all the broccoli that is about to flower. We have had so much broccoli this year. There is a pepper on the left of the picture. The peppers are ripening and I have started eating them.
I planted cucumbers for pickles, but I am not exactly sure when to pick them. I don’t seem to have time to pickle anything, but I am just happy to have cucumbers to eat. I don’t have enough tomato cages so the cucumber vines are crawling all over everything!
I always enjoy watching the black swallowtail caterpillars chewing the parsley. This one reached the end of his branch. Unfortunately the next day I could not find the two caterpillars here. I can hope the big one made a chrysalis, but I think birds got them. The chrysalis from a previous blog is still green and under the rhubarb. I wonder if a butterfly will emerge.
I counted 7 starlings in the bird bath and 3 on the ground waiting for their turn. With that kind of riot I need to change the bird bath water twice a day! Even the robin in charge of the yard does not seem to want to stand up to the starlings. The parsley plant above is just to the left of the bird bath and the starlings were poking through it today.
I think this is a starling that is molting into its adult feathers. If I am wrong let me know.
I think this is a Baltimore Oriole. I was sitting at my desk and noticed it through my screen window in the viburnum bush. Then it went to the hostas and pulled down the hosta flowers to find bugs. There were two birds that looked the same color, so it could have been two females or two juvenile orioles. These two birds were under my window for about ten minutes while the robin stood by and watched.
Hickory tree. Two winters ago we had snow on the ground for many months so the squirrel never had a chance to find all the hickory nuts it had buried. Last summer we had hickories coming up all over the yard. This one came up in a location good for a tree, so we have been watching it grow. This is the second year. We mowed down the tall meadow grass that was around it. We are hoping that it is a shagbark hickory. We found a shagbark hickory down the street, but there are other kinds of hickories around also, so we will see.
Sightings: This week there was a baby bunny running around the yard and hiding under the rhubarb. I did not see it today… Then today we took a walk be the water reclamation lake and there was a coyote. It was about 5:30 pm. The coyote was trying to cross the bridge toward us. Most of us got off the bridge, but one older couple stayed on the bridge looking at the ducks. The coyote finally managed to run past the couple and into the woods. It was skinny. It did not look like it had eaten a duck recently.