You know what we haven't talked about in quite some time? My flowers. (That's right, Derek. Dismissed. You may go.)
After an unusually hot week- in the 90's and humid- some of the daylilies are finally opening up, unlike the residents of Iowa, who act like they are dying if it gets anywhere above 89. This would be comical if I were not now one of those people. I have officially acclimated to a cooler climate.
Remember how my mom's husband's niece (or... something) let my mom have a bunch of daylilies, some of which were then donated to The Cause, The Cause being packing as many free flowers into our yard as humanly possible? Well, we planted those a couple years ago, and only two types flowered, making me think I'd have to transplant all those under the giant Tree of Doom to a sunnier locale. But nay! This year nearly all have bloomed!
|"Supersonic Prize." Who the heck names these things?|
|Not a daylily, but tiger lilies are one of my sister Steph's favorites. Who can deny Stephanie?|
Our coneflowers, one of my favorite flowers to watch because of all the activity they're home to every year, are also in full bloom. Today it was this little guy that caught my attention, as he went from bloom to bloom, walking the full circle of tiny, yellow, starry... anthers? Stamen? Elementary school science was so long ago and I can't remember my kids' birthdays half the time. Anyway, he circuited those, um, pollen holder thingies, on each cone before moving on to the next.
So, uh... anyone have any idea what that thing is? The green + black and white stripes on his body threw me off; is that a bee or not? Additionally I can provide you with: He was pretty heavily pollen-laden, and he could fly. Amateur biologist, I am not.
My biggest container of flowers already looks pretty scraggly this time a year; June is really its best time:
And now, another case of Name That Flower!
These began blooming in late May and flowered heavily for a full month. They're maybe a foot tall, and not very fragrant, at least that I can tell. The thing is, I know I planted this last summer or maybe the one before; it started out as a small, $0.99 perennial and has obviously taken off this year. I'm good at the planting, not so good at the keeping track of just what it is that I'm plunking into the ground. This same concept is the reason we don't have a large number of children.