Because of all the snow we had this winter, and our looooooong Spring, the foothills are more beautiful than ever this summer. Every wild flower is twice its normal size, and more numerous by far. The half-wild flowers in my home garden have also taken off like crazy!
Some orange lilies that were gifted to me, with Russian Sage, Vervain, and Yellow Water Lilies in the background:
I have never seen so many bees, either. Bees make me so happy! They are really hard to capture on film, however- I tried a dozen times to get this shot of the bee on the lavender...
Some wild things are called weeds, but I encourage them to grow, like these little white daisy-like flowers (whose name I don't know):
And the stars of the show, of course, are the wild sweet peas, which are literally up to my hips on the hill behind my house:
And the Queen Anne's Lace, which is always pretty, but this year towers over everything else in huge stands. I could look at her forever! Here she is with my St. Francis statue, with Comfrey growing in the background:
Happy mid-summer, everyone!