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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?

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ysabetwordsmith
Jun. 28th, 2009 05:01 am (UTC)
Beautiful!
That first pink and white rose is my favorite.

Let's see, blooming here: tomatoes, daylilies, milkweed, coriander, feverfew, Queen Anne's lace ...

My chives are going to seed too.
wyld_dandelyon
Jun. 28th, 2009 05:58 am (UTC)
Re: Beautiful!
That is a "Joseph's Coat" rose; it's one of the ones that change color with sunlight. Pale pink, pale yellow, and white gets brighter if it gets direct sun, up to a deep rose that's almost red, a bright orange, and a bright yellow. I'll hope that I get a bunch of flowers on one plant later in the season, so I can photograph the effect.
ysabetwordsmith
Jun. 28th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Beautiful!
Oh, I've seen those! I love color-changing flowers.
mbumby
Jul. 10th, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, beautiful pictures!
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