Flowers and critters

Rain garden nodding onion

The front-yard rain garden is still pretty sparse, as one might expect for a first-year bed of perennials. However, the nodding onion (Allium cernuum) and sweet black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia subtomentosa) are putting on a small late summer show.

One of our two frogs

We have confirmed that both our tadpoles have turned into frogs, but it’s still unclear to me whether they are bullfrogs or green frogs. So far, their only observed activities are sitting on rocks and lily pads, and jumping into the pond when we get close. No croaking, bug eating, or other entertaining activities have yet been demonstrated.

Lobelia and its bee fans

The great blue lobelia is in bloom, and so the bees have been visiting us (they also seem to like the nodding onion, but not as much).  But isn’t this picture the essence of summer?


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