I probably don’t need to mention that it’s hot here. It’s hot everywhere. We broke a heat record today, but I remember I heard something about Atlanta breaking a record the other day (106 degrees), and you know, some states are on fire, or battered by thunderstorms and without power. Soooo. I guess we have it pretty good here.
I couldn’t really hack the heat, though. I fell asleep in the pool for a while and that was a trip. But then I woke up and took these pictures and all the plants were starting to get sad and thirsty but I tried to fix that and I saw some cool things.
1. This swallowtail (I think that’s what it is, I know pretty much nothing about butterflies) was on a total nectar bender. Also very skittish. I was happy to at least get a few semi-clear shots of it.
2. I like seeing the underside of this bell flower. It’s like looking at its gaping maw.
3. Another view of the bell flower.
4. These are probably my favorite day lilies, even more so than the U of M ones.
5. Nasturtium leaf and a flower on the verge of opening. (‘Empress of India’ is the cultivar, if I remember right.)
6. A pretty coral bell in the somewhat-ignored border garden in the backyard.
7. The hotspot for color in the gardens right now. Bee balm in the foreground and fading into the background, with some yellow and maroon and gold daylilies on the margins.
8. Bee balm
9. Uh, I should know what this is, but I can’t remember.
10. I love this old day lily flowers for some reason. I like the sort of hyper-concentrated color in the tips of the old flower and how delicate the thing looks (but in an “I will crumble if you touch me” way as opposed to the brand of delicacy slung by the flowers when they’re open).
11. This daylily is probably like, oh, you want to take a picture of me *today*? I just saw the previous picture. Are you sure you don’t want to let my day in the sun be the day after I’ve bloomed? Yeah? Alright, then.
12. A little yellow spider I almost didn’t notice.
13. Roses don’t live here anymore.
14. Hey, swallowtail. I had a time trying to get a picture of this guy.
15. Echinaceas throwing their weight around.
17. My zinnias began to bloom the other day!
19. Red feather on the border of my shade garden. (Cardinal?)
20. Water droplets on an echinacea leaf in the recently-watered front garden.