Did you know academic caps are called tams? And that if you want a PhD one it'll cost you $70, plus shipping? I do not want to look like the other riffraff so I bought it--no 4 square mortar board for me, luxurious octagonal velvet here I come.
And since it's too hot outside to garden, I took some pics. Stuff is growing by leaps and bounds even though we're well over 3" short on rainfall this spring.
The neighbor's seven pears are abloom
All kinds of insects, lady bugs especially, are enjoying the 'Prairie Cascade' willow blooms
'Prairie Fire' crab leaves emerged maroon, but are already fading to green, alas
At least the NWA planes don't say Delta yet
'Coralburst' crab about to burst
Lysimachia ciliata 'Firecracker' has spread from its now-dead center
Lysimachia punctata 'Alexander' spreading nicely this year
Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima' (Red Chokeberry) looks more like milkweed about to bloom
Ninebark 'Coppertina' looks the best this time of year