Following on in the “B” theme, look in this blog post for a bull frog, blue damselfly and Indiana dunes beach….
The butterfly weed is in bloom. We are waiting for the monarch butterflies to visit…
Veronica spicata Spike speedwell ‘Royal Candles’ a little bit past its prime. Red hot poker flowers in the background.
Kniphofia red hot pokers in front of miscanthus ‘morning light’ ornamental grass.
The view from the patio.
Aruncus goat’s beard does well on the north side of the house.
The first gaillardia blooms.
Bright yellow yarrow, and in the background salvia ‘blue hill.’
The alyssum re-seeds itself each year and is starting to bloom now.
Does cauliflower count as a flower? I cooked this up in a soup today!
The collards are looking nice and we are trying to keep up with eating them before the cabbage worms do their munching. This plant does not look too chewed on.
We haven’t had to buy lettuce for a few weeks. This leaf lettuce is nice, but the romaine is starting to bolt with the hot weather.
In a bowl this morning from our yard – serviceberries, strawberries, mulberries and raspberries. I enjoyed them with my oatmeal.
Ripening serviceberry. I am competing with the birds for these now. The robins are often in the serviceberry tree.
Unfortunately this berry loving cedar waxwing died after crashing into our kitchen window! I saw a big serviceberry in its mouth before it died.
A downy woodpecker has been visiting the birdbath.
There seem to be a lot of wasps in the yard this year.
Blue damselfly on miscanthus ornamental grass.
We visited Indiana Dunes State Park last weekend. We hiked for a couple of hours in the dunes before enjoying our lunch with the crowd on the beach.
A little cactus along the prairie trail. This state park has quite a few endangered species.
Tomahawk Slough in the Palos Forest Preserve, where we hiked last Sunday.
One of many bullfrogs at Tomahawk Slough.
There were also a ton of little toads or frogs hoping around near the water and on the trail. I guess it is time for them to head out on their own and see if they survive.
Great blue heron at Tomahawk Slough.
Birding: I signed up for a birding blitz in the Palos Forest Preserve for June 17th. I am just an amateur birder, so I was looking forward to going out with someone who could identify a ton of birds. I showed up in the parking lot at 5:30 am and then remembered to check my email on my phone. The blitz had been canceled for weather reasons, as thunderstorms were predicted. I could hear all the birds around me, but the expert birders were not there. We did not get any rain on Saturday as I guess the rain fell somewhere else. But it was probably a good thing that I was not involved, as my foot has been giving me some trouble after all that hiking last weekend. So it is a good weekend to just rest and recover and get this blog post done!