|Perennials and a big blue oat grass at sunset.|
|Orange milkweed and some lilies in bud.|
|Rock garden area, with clematis going to seed|
The vegetables are just getting going in the ground and raised beds (horse troughs in the above picture). It is a bit of a pain to water right now, since the new puppy eats hoses! We have to hide them away in boxes or buildings and haul them out as needed.
I've seen a few tiger swallowtail butterflies around (no monarchs) and I have admired the hummingbirds at the feeder and the flowers. I've identified the ones here as calliope hummingbirds. They are very small and the male is identified by a nice purple bib below his neck. At some point, I hope to get a nice photo.
|Blooming hens and chicks (Sempervivum) in the rock crevices|
Sunflowers are just starting here, though we always associate those with fall. I have planted some "mammoth" sunflowers in the vegetable garden and they are rapidly growing like Jack's beanstalk, up towards the sky. There are no flowers on those yet.
|McIntosh Apples getting pink!|
We picked up some local grown raspberries and I canned some jam. Yum! Our jostaberries are on their second year and we got some berries this year. I'm planning on combining with some other berries to make a syrup. Jostaberries are a complex cross between black currents and gooseberries and the plants are thornless. They taste like grapes.