The first thing I noticed in the garden this afternoon was a butterfly flitting around the pearly everlasting.
When I got closer, I noticed that there was another one nearby – and then another and yet another. I managed to get a photo with two of them in one frame.
Altogether, four American lady butterflies, possibly already laying eggs! I couldn’t wait to get inside and write a post about this.
But then I started seeing other new discoveries in the garden. I’m way behind on the phenology report and need to get recording!
Irises are showing purple.
I hope these are first-year cup plant seedlings (because there are close to a dozen of these, so it would be nice if they’re a good plant).
Peonies are already covered in ants.
Ferns (not my favorite) are already huge.
The invasive creeping bellflower is already out of control.
The creeping charlie is everywhere, too, although that is at least somewhat manageable. Tonight I pulled this by hand for 30 minutes and actually made a large dent in the strawberry / vegetable garden.
Back to the wanted plants: Canada violet, joining the wood violets that have been blooming for a couple weeks.
Baby wild ginger leaves, next to the fading flowers.
With any luck, this will be the first time we’ve had more than one jack-in-the-pulpit! I spotted three shoots.
And the large-flowered trilliums are finally open.
I can’t decide if that was my favorite find, or if this is instead: common milkweed making an appearance. Monarch butterflies will be here any day now, looking for places to lay their eggs. Grow quickly, milkweed!