Many closeups of spiders, my chest hair, spiders killing preying mantis, dragonflies, swallowtail larva, and various sundry blooms. Ready, steady, go.
I just like this picture; the shaft of light helps. I was playing with the manual focus, leaping from plant to plant, and this one is focused on the 'October Skies' aster--which I can't wait to see in bloom this first year.
A true native sage! As in, Lincoln, Nebraska! It's called 'Nekan' because it's found in a thin swath from Nebraska to Kansas, but it was discovered just minutes from my house.
The black swallowtail cats are loving this mystery self-sown fennel. May it self sow again--mysteriously.
Apologies for the point and shoot camera image (dead battery on the EOS). Not sure who I should've cheered for, the spider or the mantis. I have images from last year of a mantis eating a decapitated bumble bee, soooooo....
I forget the name of this liatris. Help? She's just a baby, so her bloom time is a bit late.
This is the only caryopteris--of 5--that has lived for me, and look at it now! Also look at what's at the birdbath. Also pray that this year the rudbeckia actually come back.
She's been getting fatter and fatter and fatter. I also had the pleasure of seeing her catch a grasshopper a few days ago. Die die die grasshoppers. (I wish the spider could kill the resident rabbit, who has mangled half of my asters).
You just HAVE to click on and expand this photo. Waaaaay cool, dude. It's on a rocky mountain liatris.
Loving the bronze fennel, even in bloom with that somewhat-not-quite-right-with-the-foliage yellow flowers. Behind it is 'Blue Fortune' agastache and white turtlehead.
Electric blue lobelia.
The althea on a stick is looking good....
...see? Though I must admit, it's a bit too froo froo for me, but it does make a nice statement at the corner of the patio.
This concludes the picture show. On the way out please consider donating to the "Buy This Handsome Man More Plants" relief fund. Ushers with hot pepper wax spray (aimed at your eyes) will have cans ready to collect your generous gifts.
Yes, I am feeling confrontational today. But watching the video from my previous post (Kitten Mittens) eases my pain.