First are the treats for the eyes: my wildflower garden
There are lots of purple coneflowers and brown-eyed Susans, but I also have some Queen Anne's Lace, green-headed coneflowers, alyssum, ox-eye daisies (earlier in spring), Joe-Pye weed, rough blazing star, and lots of pink and purple asters (blooming later in August and September). It's a bird and butterfly paradise.
I love what this wildflower garden has turned into and every year I let it spread a little further out into the yard.
This garden is a wonderful reminder of what I have to look forward to after winter has left us.
Second, are the treats for the tummy: mulberries!
For the first time ever, I have more mulberries than the cedar waxwings, robins, and gray catbirds can eat. I picked a little dishful this afternoon and I think they're going to taste just yummy on some sugar-free vanilla or tapioca pudding. They are so sweet right off the tree and some of them are just huge. A pretty good yield from what's supposed to be a Zone 5 tree.
I found this notice in my e-mail In-Box when I got home today:
"We are pleased to inform you that your Monarch Waystation application
is currently being processed. The milkweed and nectar flower habitat
you have created for monarch butterflies will be registered and
certified as a Monarch Waystation - congratulations!
You will receive your certificate and site ID via mail soon."
Official recognition for all my efforts. How cool is that?