Some sunflower seeds (from birdseed) sprouted this spring in the herb garden under my bird feeder, and I let them grow...
It has been so dry that our lawn hadn't grown or been cut in a couple of weeks, but after one hard rainfall the other day, things are greening up surprisingly fast. We got a bit more rain yesterday. We had crunchy brown lawn until just the other day. It sure recovers fast (although this photo doesn't show the worst-hit parts of the lawn.) Time for a mowing!
After a rainshower yesterday, I went out in the garden and found this beauty on a sunflower:
I think it's a crab spider but I don't know more than that! Time to study up on my spiders.
She's well-camouflaged against the petals. If she'd just back up a bit, you wouldn't even notice her.
And can you see the little creatures seeking shelter in the smaller sunflower?
These little gals got caught out in the rain. They aren't honeybees, although they look very similar to them (more squat), and have pollen baskets on their back legs just like my girls. I will have to look them up in one of my bug books, unless somebody out there can identify them for me.
Gordon just came in from putting the ducks and chickens to bed and told me a bat flew out of the eaves of the barn. It would be great to have some bats in there, since they are ignoring the bathouse on the back of the barn.