What a difference a good rain or two makes.
Things that are still growing:
Blueberries- this is all we have from our bush – only 5 blueberries. I think we killed the second bush and may need to get another. Same thing with our raspberries- one is practically bursting but the other is not doing so well.
Our perennials are going crazy too.
So is gooseneck loosestrife, though it’s an invasive. So far, I have orange lilies, loosestrife, and bee balm competing for the world’s tallest plant. You would think I was growing baby giraffes there.
First passionflower. You can apparently make jam out of their seeds, but all I am going to say is that this plant is super-hardy. It looks like it’s dead in winter (you can barely see it at all and it looks like it’s disappeared) but when it arrives, it comes with a vengeance and it’s very good at replanting itself like winter squash (send out a vine, drop roots along the vine and hang on for dear life). So it’s a very good plant to have if you think you are prone to killing plants.
And a bug:
That would be a black swallowtail caterpillar. Mr. Yum was convinced it was a hornworm, but no, hornworms are not that brightly colored- they are all green and they uh, have horns. We tried to pick it up and it whipped out a really bright orange forked tongue that we got startled. So we tried to get it to move into a piece of flat bark and take it to the land of bee balms so it could eat that instead of eating my dill plant (does this mean it’s going to be a pickled caterpillar?).