June 27th, 2009

Creative Joyous Cat

As the Thunderstorm Approaches

The garden is suddenly in motion; the pea plants finally have peas, the spinach is not only tall enough to eat, but I'm cutting off the tops to keep it from bolting, tomatoes are blooming, roses are blooming, and the lillies are starting to bloom.

I didn't get a picture of the chive flowers; they are now going to seed. However, the red clover is blooming, and seeding.

I keep seeing the tiger swallowtails; I'm hoping they're putting seeds in my rowan or mulberry trees. They like the direct sunlight, however, so it's hard to catch them with my cell phone camera, which amazes me by not needing its flash indoors, but sometimes sun is too much for it. Today, however, was great for pictures, and I took a number of them. This is a tiny butterfly, pale blue or pale lavender; I couldn't get a picture of it with wings open, unfortunately.

And city or no, we have bees. Tiny sweat bees, big bumblebees, and I've even seen a honeybee in the yard. This is the least blurry picture I got of one of today's bumblebees:

So, what's happening in your yards and gardens?