Posted on 2022-06-052022-06-05 by the_dr_blue06/04/2022 unexpected excitement Saw a great little jumping spider on the ironweed leaves. An interesting bee or velvet ant male or something, on white avens leaf. It was one of the nervous kinds who keeps flicking their wings constantly. The rain of the last few days prompted the Missouri fluttermill primrose to bloom again! The Chef and I cleared leaves off the patio. In several places they were up against the wood siding which is not great as they are essentially composting. Here Briar holds down a leaf pile for us. We leave the leaves in the rest of the yard as that is best for a healthy woodland environment! The worst offending area of leaf collection next to the house. This is after I pulled out the bulk of leaves. Our compost pile should be happy now! An extremely tiny planthopper that the Chef found on the outdoor work bench. The last round of tepary beans I planted are coming up. The big thrill of the day… The horse crippler cactus in the rock garden has bloomed!!!! I imagine this means it’s either happy here or thinks it’s about to die. Hopefully the former. Since I just planted it this spring I wasn’t expecting it, and its flower bud was not obvious, or grew in really fast the last few days when I wasn’t looking with the rain.