The native wild blue lupine is blooming in my yard! This is a host plant for Karner Blue butterflies. Like monarchs, the Karner Blue larva feed off of only one plant – the wild blue lupine. It is necessary for them to live and survive. Although endangered, this butterfly is doing well mainly due to the restorative efforts of butterfly enthusiasts and wildlife conservationists from the upper mid-west to the Atlantic states. Currently, Wisconsin boasts the largest population of this tiny but beautiful butterfly.
Also tiny is the lilac tree that we transplanted several years ago and gave it a hard prune. Finally, it has flowers on it once again! I love lilac flowers. They reminde me of growing up in Western New York and going to the Lilac Festival in Highland Park (Rochester).
My bearded iris have bloomed. They are very late this year. But the color is so soft and soothing. It really stands out since we re-sided the house brown.
Also in this south facing bed is allium (newly planted last fall), monarda, and Johnson’s Blue geranium, all in bloom right now.
My hostas all look healthy and lush with the exception of the Sum and Substance hosta in our front perennial bed. It was just leafing out when we got a freak hail storm a couple of weeks ago that just shredded plants to bits. It’ll come back.
There is a singal columbine in bloom next to a narrow leafed dragon tails hosta in our north bed. The blue lupine there are not as far along as the ones alongside our driveway.
Milkweed is tall at our land, already approaching a foot in height. It is smaller in our yard but the leaves are fully formed ready for the monarchs to lay their eggs.
Other interesting sites today were a tree swallow pair using a blue bird house. I had to research to find what this bird was, as I didn’t know right away. He caught my eye after I drove in teh driveway around lunchtime with his blue back gleaming in teh sun and neck appearing white as he turned around to see me. His spouse was in the house. Let’s not get into the fact that they’re in a house not meant for them! We’ll save that for another post!
And we noticed some brand new oak tree seedlings at our land, these grew naturally from seeds that fell from the other trees on our property. One had striking red leaves that I assume were brand new.
It’s June! Let’s celebrate!