Monthly Archives: July 2010

Saving boneset

The boneset returned this year even stronger, with more stems, than last year.  (This photo shows the boneset plant from a year ago.)  With the recent knock-down rainstorms, many of the boneset stalks toppled.  After waiting for the boneset to … Continue reading

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Pulling on the windchime

How odd . . . one of the windchime tubes is being pulled at an angle . . . and there is no wind blowing.   Look!  A huge spider web from the windchime over to the deck post. Let’s see … Continue reading

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Lunch after the rain

After several weeks of hot dry weather, the vegetable garden suffered and I could not bring myself to pay it a visit.  Then rain arrived – several downpours – and I still avoided the garden.  The weeds which had grown … Continue reading

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Black swallowtails

A strong rainstorm blew through, followed by sunny skies.  The black swallowtails were everywhere afterwards — drinking as much as they could — from butterfly bush flowers and puddles on the ground.  If you look carefully at the next photo, … Continue reading

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Black cohosh

For the past several years, whenever I walked down my driveway, I noticed and admired this plant.  I have wondered just what it was.  This summer it bloomed and I decided to identify it properly.  Turns out to be black … Continue reading

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More lily pollination

The above photo sets the scene . . .  A lovely Turk’s cap lily which began blooming today.  Note the small insect on the anther.  Let’s get closer to that stamen. Looks like one of those metallic bees working on … Continue reading

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