I'm still seeing butterflies, mostly monarchs, but have not been on my feet as much this week due to the fall I had on my knee almost 2 weeks ago, tripping on Heidi's leash while holding our grandson, who I was able to set down gently enough to avoid injury, even though he lost his balance and ended up on his face in the grass. I have been able to go out long enough to take some garden photos and some of the insects that have been congregating on their current favorite flowers.
I have been enjoying photos of flower beds on other blogs, so thought I'd show some current ones of my front and side yards.
I'm thinking I may have posted a similar photo to this last week, but this shows the 'Wichita Falls' Goldenrod is still blooming strong, and has enough pollen for a variety of insects to share.
(Note: Yes, this is the same kind of goldenrod as last week's, which was by the shed. This one is by the house. I thought I was posting a correction here, but when it didn't appear, I checked and saw that I had posted it on last week's post. Oops! When Cameron commented that she found a 'Wichita Mountains' goldenrod to plant, I looked up images of 'Wichita Falls' in Google, and found some, then discovered they were from my blog! Oh, dear! I hope I haven't led anyone astray!)
Solidago, 'Wichita Mountains':
I need to go to that website to see if I can figure out what this insect is. If you know, please go ahead and say so in a comment. It is enjoying my favorite goldenrod, 'Fireworks'.
I'm tickled to have a few different kinds of bees, such as honeybees...
and bumblebees. This one is on a knautia bloom.
I lightened this so the grasshopper could be seen better on the dahlia.
I took lots of photos of Heidi and the yard when I was ready to change my header photo. I thought I'd post some of the extras.
What is she looking at across the street?
Oh, a critter for Camera Critters!
"Well, enough of that, let's go to the east side of the house."
There are no visible critters in this photo, but I'm sure there were a number of them around. The bird house in the photo may have some wrens in it. The blank area in front of the fence is where the Joe Pye weed is turning dark and shriveling. It did the same thing last year. I don't know if it's diseased or just doesn't like that spot anymore. It used to grow fine there. Oh, that was before Larry replaced the gutter with a longer one, and it no longer empties into the flower bed. I wonder if I could poke some holes in the bottom of the gutter.
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