I never know what will happen when I throw seeds in the ground in the spring. This year I was pleased with the sunny sunflowers that grew up in my un-mowed “meadow.”
Sunflowers and coneflowers grow in grassy area. Zinnias are on the right and Joe Pye Weed in the background.
Sunflower and purple coneflowers.
Sunflower with bee. I saw a lot of different bees and flies on these flowers.
I planted dwarf sunflowers called “Elves Blend,” and I liked the variety.
By now the goldfinches have removed the petals and picked away at the seed center on this flower.
I shot this American goldfinch picture from the kitchen this evening, working on a coneflower.
This very small butterfly or moth was working on the Joe Pye Weed, which also attracts a lot of pollinators.
The giant zinnias are looking good now and they are loved by the goldfinches and butterflies.
Swamp milkweed with black-eyed Susans and Russian sage in the background.
Black-eyed Susans and Miscanthus ornamental grass ‘morning light.’
The yellow cherry tomatoes have been fantastic this year. They are so sweet! This time of year I spend more time with the vegetables than flowers. I am picking them and making salads or cooking them and eating them…..
I usually plant three or four varieties of tomatoes and see which ones are best. These Bonnie Originals have been wonderful this year.
A rabbit has moved into the yard, but mostly seems interested in eating the clover in the grass.
Our next door neighbor called us over to look at the snake they found sunning in front of their house. We wondered what kind it was for a while. It turns out it was a python and a neighbor in the area collects snakes and it must have escaped. I am glad I did not come across it in our yard….and glad it got safely back to the neighbor!
Northern Cardinal at the birdbath. The day lilies add some color.
In July this bird was in our yard for a while. I think it is a juvenile Baltimore Oriole.
One day some northern flickers came for an ant meal. This handsome male was poking around this tiny bird house I call my bug house.
I snapped a picture of a cicada on the pole beans.
The black chokeberries on the bush I planted in the spring seem to be ripening now. Apparently they are edible, but need a lot of sugar, so best in jellies and jams, which I probably will not make. Let’s see if the birds like them.