Bee on bull thistle
On a Saturday (yesterday) walk I saw many bull thistles in bloom. Bees were fighting over the rights to harvest pollen produced by this blossom.
Blooming in my gardens
We've had tons of rain this year so my gardens are looking alive and well...and, sadly, a bit weedy. Here's a sampling of what's blooming right now:
Hydrangea with digger wasps (What big eyes he has!), rose of Sharon (a shrub), campanula (a short stemmed clumping variety), a fancy coneflower that's supposed to be the variety called "Doppleganger" but it appears to have forgotten to "dopple" (a second blossom is supposed to bloom out of the center of the one shown here), a fringed poppy (an annual that seeds freely in my gardens), and a cranesbill geranium called Rozeanne that blooms all season.
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