Monday, June 20, 2016

Midsummer Menagerie

Summer is arriving in a bright, heavy cloak of humid heat. Today's solstice will mark the longest day of the year, the official first day of Summer, but Midsummer in the ancient Celtic calendar (May Day marking the first of summer). I prefer to see it as Midsummer, because summer is most definitely not my favorite season. It brings many gifts and I always try to embrace it and be thankful for the warmth and sunshine I know I'll miss come winter. Summer certainly showers us with blooms and colors galore, plus fruits and vegetables (and bugs!). Here's hoping summer is robust but not void of cloud, breeze, and rain. Happy Summering.


Purple Coneflower - Echinacea

Queen Anne's Lace

Prickly Pear Cactus Bloom

Prickly Pear Cactus - the green between blooms and pads turn into red fruits (prickly pears)

Native Prickly Pear Cactus

Wild Bergamot

Chipmunk Lunchtime

Friday, June 10, 2016

Wild Bergamot

One of my favorite Missouri wildflowers, this is wild bergamot, monarda fistulosa.
I dry the leaves and use them in tea, usually to flavor some black tea. It has a similar taste as Earl Grey. This is a wild relative of Bee Balm and like its name, this morning it was visited by many bumble bees and some lovely sunlight.