Sunday in Forest Park

Thousands of bees were gathering pollen from the flowers of the cup plants (Silphium perfoliatum). Jewel weed was blooming.

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In other news, we celebrated some of the first harvest of tomatoes from the patch Dennis planted by having some friends over for bacon-lettuce-tomato sandwiches. The patch also has a tomato hornworm, aka Manduca quinquemaculata, which will metamorphose into a 5-spotted hawkmoth. If we were truly farmers we would’ve killed him, I suppose, but he’s just doing his job.

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Oh- and the formerly unidentified strange plant that turned up in our garden does appear to be a cactus patch!

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