Surprise! Seedlings!The label Has an adult leafYounger oneSeveral including one nibbled onBasketflower seedlings have emerged! It’s an annual, so I assume they start now and then goes through summer. Hopefully they can survive frosts. Presumably they can though since seeds fall all fall in the wild too.
A fingertip sized baby thistle!Bigger thistle baby!Another thistle rosette They apparently overwinter this way This rosette I’m not sure if it’s texanum or undulatum. I haven’t seen any undulatum seeds up yet in my pots. This is the same individual as to the left, showing the white closely hairy underside of the thistle leaves. These five thistle rosettes are probably mostly or all texanum, based on that only my texanum seeds have germinated into similar size rosettes. These are all at my parents’ house, where I got the seeds. Yay!
Heath asters were buzzin‘!Common Eastern bumblebees were all over both the Heath asters and these Liatris mucronata. Wooly bear!Marigolds doing well around the sweet peppers. A close up of the same marigolds. They really thrive in the fall.
Liatris punctata var mucronata from home is finally in peak flower! It’s a bit horizontal because it’s near Briar’s favorite laying spot. Oops. The heath asters aren’t as full as the local wild ones yet but they’ve started. This one hitched along with the liatris from home.
Today I walked outside for a break and saw a very boldly striped bee on the Maximilian sunflowers and thought to myself, “Self, that bee is different.” Turns out I was right! This beautiful lady is a Southern Plains Bumblebee! If I have counted and remembered correctly, this is our fifth bumblebee species for the yard.This species is an IUCN red list endangered species. It is not federally listed so it has no legal protection in the United States, but it is declining and of great conservation concern. Briar was observing our exciting new friend with great attention.
The Salvia azurea from Missouri Wildflower Nursery had a second flush of blooms after the recent rain. The plant from TX did too. My young OK seed source plant is starting to bud but it’s still in a pot so not as big. Hopefully with three individuals now we’ll see some self-seeding!