All that, and more. My beautiful summer garden is on the wane and I check each day to see what is still faring well.
The echinacea is fodder for the birds now. The orioles certainly do like those pin sharp seeds and that is all they are getting as I had to stop feeding the birds due to the rats.
Love black-eyed Susans. They return each year like gangbusters.
Though the phlox are losing many petals, they still smell wonderful and the butterflies love them.
These flowers grow all over. I haven't a clue what they are. The first year I pulled them all up and saw one I had missed had snapdragon-like flowers climbing up the stalk. They also come in many different colors, so I left them all this year.
So, summer is hurrying by. It has been a strange one. Oh, by the way, in the past week, there have been 1500 earthquakes (fracking.) A fairly strong tornado passed within blocks of my first child's house and did quite a lot of damage. Buildings destroyed and trees down and people hurt at 1:30am. Sirens didn't even go off. Daughter's house was spared though only five blocks away. The tornado stayed on the ground for seven miles. It is only the third tornado in August since 1950 in Tulsa. Seems it was caused by unseasonably cooler temps. I'm not complaining about the cooler temps as August here is usually miserably hot, in triple digits. Global warming? Climate change?
Oh yes, and the fish kill on the lake. I saw a dead fish off my dock. Then another and another. Over about two days, every fish in our lake was floating. Small fry and huge fish as long as my arm. Everywhere. Hundreds. The smell was horrid. The wildlife department came out and tested. Seems the perfect storm of events occurred. Low oxygen levels, number of waterfowl and high temperatures and whatever else, caused it. I doubt there are any left. At least the turtles and waterfowl weren't affected. It was terrible.