The raspberries are finished now, though all kinds of birds are wild about the remaining mulberries in the big tree in the easement. Now is the time for summer vegetables. Last weekend I took these vegetable flower pictures.
Cucumber flower. The first cucumber is a little small yet. It has been dry, so I will probably put the drip hose on tomorrow for a few hours.
This is the first year I have grown white eggplants.
Tomato flower. Green tomatoes are ripening, but I have eaten a couple of sweet cherry tomatoes.
Wax bean flower. I have been picking yellow wax beans every day and cooking them up.
The French pole beans are climbing the poles and string lattice, and they have been flowering, but I have not seen the thin green beans yet. Soon!
Kale planted last year is flowering now. I just keep breaking off these flower stems to keep the plant producing leaves. On the right is wild kale that it tender and easy to use. In the back left is curly kale.
There are a lot of pepper flowers now.
Dill in bloom.
Cone flowers. The birds, bees, and butterflies need food, too.
Joe Pye Weed
Liatris spicata blazing star
Great blue heron at Lake Katherine, where we often walk on Saturdays. There are a lot of fish in this lake, so happy hunting.
Another shot of the heron and lily pads.
The little house wren thinks he is king of the yard. He has been busy bringing home lunch. I saw glimpses of a cedar waxwing and an oriole in the yard this week.
Rabbit Story: A while ago we were excited that we chsed a baby rabbit out of the yard. A larger rabbit somehow got in for a visit sometimes, but politely went out the gate when we opened it. Then about a week ago Dan discovered five baby rabbits in our meadow! Our neighbor helped us chase them out of our yard. He was hoping they would come and live under his deck. Every now and then we find a little bunny in the yard, so it is non-stop, but so far the damage has been manageable… We just have such a cozy habitat for insects, birds, and even mammals. The brave chipmunk ran by me few times as I read outside this afternoon.