...but very interested in the Common Milkweed. I put Milkweed seed out in 2005, first got plants in 2007, and got our first blooms this summer. They are so pale that I think the wildflower patch needs a dose of manure in the spring...
Here are the summer's first tomatoes, Tiny Sweet Million. We have the bees to thank for them also.
One of the problems with heavily-modified flowers is that in the pursuit for color, or tolerance to some kind of plant stress, the horticulturalists often select-out the scents attractive to bees and pollinators. Not one bee will visit this Bee Balm (Raspberry Wine) this summer.
We have several, but not an abundance of, Carolina Mantis juveniles. I wonder how they got here? I saw one yesterday that was about 1" long...hopefully not the last survivor!
Year's first sunflower - black oil.
One of several bullfrogs in our small pond. What's up with his left eye? Yes, those are mosquito larvae. Yes, I thought I had already killed them all!