These are the current activities of flora in my yard.Near end of bloom:
red clover, feverfew, blue lobelia, naked lady liliesFull bloom:
petunias, marigolds, moss rose, snapdragons, zinnias, white clover, million bells, tomatoes, pink echinacea, white echinacea, milkweed, Queen Anne's lace, black-eyed susan, Mexican hat, tickseed coreopsis, yellow raspberriesBeginning bloom:
thistle, compass plant sunflowerGreen fruit:
Criterion apple, birdgift apple, tomatoes, yellow raspberriesFruit starting to ripen:
yellow raspberriesRipe fruit:
rugosa roses, blackberries, tomatoes
The blackberries are winding down. There are still a few left, though.
The yellow raspberries are just beginning what looks like a great crop if nothing wipes it out. There were so many ripe today, I could see them from the house! I picked about a third of a bag. Their fall crop is always heavier than their summer crop. This is the first time I've been able to pick more than a few at a time, though. I'm delighted because these are my favorite raspberries, ripening yellow to pink with a notable apricot flavor. Also they bear berries high on the tops of straight canes, instead of along canes that arch down to the ground, so it's more convenient to pick them without needing to reach shoulder-deep down into a nest of thorns. They are not as rapid to establish and spread as other varieties, and require a bit more coddling, but they are sooooo worth it.
Queen Anne's lace curls up its flowers into little baskets after the petals fall off. Here you can see, sort of dimly, the seeds beginning to form.
Also my thistle is starting to bloom, ferocious fanged and clawed plants up to shoulder high ... topped with dainty pink-purple flowers.