I have spent most of the last three days working long hours on a rush commission and I can’t put it up yet, so here is a little wildlife info from the home front.
The insect population seems to have taken as big a hit this summer as the foliage and larger animals. With fewer flowers blooming and the all around dryness I haven’t seen much of anything moving around in the flower beds. Lately, with the good rains we had in the last couple of weeks, we have had a small resurgence in the foliage. Both the butterfly bush and the bluebeard have bloomed profusely and I am starting to see the return of some visitors. I love both of these shrubs. The color of the butterfly bush is an iridescent purple that shimmers in the sunlight. The blue beard carries a profusion of purpley/blue flower clusters as a late summer floral feature. It can grow up to 4-5′ if it is not trimmed back but can be held to a smaller height if needed with a yearly whacking. I let the ones in the back under our gazebo grow as wild as they want and trim the front ones in the spring.
Surprisingly, buzzing along with the ubiquitous bumble bees, I think I am seeing some honey bees at last. It has been many years since I have seen any at all, due to the honey bee die off, but I think these might be the real thing. I first saw them when the sage bloomed a month early in April and now I seeing them again on both shrubs. The air is pleasantly alive the apian sounds. The humming is incredibly loud and they don’t seem to mind when I brush around them. I have never been stung. I think they are drunk on the nectar.
I have also seen several hummingbirds at the butterfly bush, the balloon flowers, and the spirea. I tried to get a photo but they are so quick and they never stay long enough that I can get there in time with the camera. I am glad to see that they are living through this difficult summer too. And let’s not forget the butterflies either.
The flowers have been welcoming to all.