I like bright red blossoms and so do Ruby-throated hummingbirds (Archilochus coloubris). We are frequently seeing these tiny birds at the Royal Catchfly (Silene regia) blossoms. I wanted to get a photograph, and with camera in hand, I chose this spot to wait and hope.
Many of the backyard flowers are reminding me of giant bouquets. Flowering spurge (Euphorbia corollata) is a great filler in the garden as well as in a vase. It’s the white flower growing with orange and purple coneflowers (Rudbeckia fulgida and Echinacea purpurea).
The Turk’s-cap lily (Lilium superbum) is the largest native North American lily, and ours is just beginning to bloom. It’s now 7 feet tall with three separate stalks, five blossoms and about twenty buds.
Our Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) has been covered with its unique white blooms, and has been the scene of considerable bee and butterfly activity.
My cecropia moth experience continues. In May, I reported on the emergence of the third generation of cecropia moths (Hyalophora cecropia). My three moths were all males. However, my friend, Susan had both male and female moths, and an additional male flew from the outside into her open cage to mate with one of the females.