We are in the throes of yet another heat wave. Today the temperatures were in the low 90s but it felt more like 100° or higher. The torrential downpour yesterday morning saturated the soil pretty well so I didn't water today but I am sure I will need to tomorrow...especially the new arborvitaes.
Tonight after dinner I spent some time in the pollinator gardens. As I was photographing the wee perforated leaves of our St. John's Wort, Michael discovered a tiny early instar monarch caterpillar on our butterfly weed. There is evidence the eggs on the swamp milkweed have hatched too!
The aphids are in full force - but we've learned not to panic about them too much. In fact, I find them rather amusing. When they are very young they move in waves; their funny little yellow bodies wriggle back-and-forth, moving to and fro when I point my camera in their direction.
Our black-eyed Susans are beautiful this year - I planted them late last spring. Last year they didn't thrive at all, but this summer they look robust and healthy. The pollinator garden is alive with the hum of insects...bumblebees, native bees, honey bees, flower flies, fireflies, a variety of true bugs and unfortunately, the ever-present Japanese beetles and dive-bombing June bugs.
The cicadas serenade us from morning 'til dusk. Goldfinches, house finches, cardinals, catbirds, and our resident robin contribute to the symphony. Our big male bullfrog calls occasionally and the smaller frogs (his subjects, as we call them) are beginning to grow larger and larger.
I will never tire of observing the world around me...its sights, sounds, scents...so much to love!