This morning I saw a big toad hopping through the northside garden. And this is the year of the earwig–we have them everywhere in huge numbers. The hummingbird moths are out every evening. And small, fuzzy white caterpillars have been dropping like little parachutists all over the yard and garden lately. Monarchs, swallowtails, and admiral butterflies are more numerous in the last week than before. I have not captured any of these critters on camera, however.
I had my sister and her family here as guests last week. Her husband and son, in the blazing hot sun, pulled all the rocks out of the old abandoned herb wheel on the southside–a substantial task. Some of those rocks were impressively large–and all of them were carried or rolled there by you-know-who (yes, me) years ago. They filled up our wagon with the rocks and David pulled them away with his tractor–but there were so many rocks he had to pump up one of the wagon tires first–it had flattened! That’s a job I’d been dreading and avoiding for several years, so thank you Todd and Karl!
The herb wheel was lovely the one or two weeks of its existence when it was under control. Most of the time it was madly overgrown, choked with grass and stinging nettles. Tomorrow I am hiring Samantha to work with me on dismantling the garden under the kitchen window, and replacing it with a bed of all hostas. I will definitely take before and after pictures!
So, here are a few pictures from July 15, just before the Great Rain: