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The other day we noticed a few alien lifeforms (aka cicada shells) all over the trees, and even on the tire swing's rope!
And in garden news, Evangeline's sunflower has outdone all the others with its numerous heads~
And Frankie is having a conversation with this sunflower; I wonder what it's saying?
We harvested a few elder blooms from the woods behind the house, and still haven't identified the plant in our picture that is in the mint family (but tastes horrible!)~ Elder flower is a folk remedy for fevers, used in a hot infusion to cause perspiration. It is best combined with mint, to avoid any nausea that may occur.
Audrey made a poem and illustrated an Elderberry Fairy for me, which I thought was sweet!
bee balm (Monarda didyma) is finally blooming, and is a favorite with hummingbirds! Since we have one solitary plant, we don't have enough to harvest lots, so we have been sneaking it here and there. We vastly prefer its "fireworks" to the much louder kinds our neighbors have been setting off!
Our green beans are starting to come on, although we lost a few plants to the heat (next time we won't plant them on a hot wire fence!). We're hoping that the Kentucky Wonders will grow tall enough to shade our home in a month or so. Did you know that green bean hulls are said to control high blood sugar? It seems everything is jumping on the herbal bandwagon these days! ;)
Our chickens are growing up fast! We had to give our two roosters away, since they're not allowed in the city, but we still have our 6 Rhode Island Reds, and one lone Hickity Pickity, my black hen (who makes a wonderful fashion accessory!).
Look at those beautiful iridescent feathers!
Love and blessings,