The Hellstrip begins to wake in early June. The mountain laurels are in their glory. Their cuspid blossoms shimmer in the sunlight. Petals fall and decorate the walkway.
The milkweed plants rise quickly. They push through the earth and spread verdant leaves. In a few days, the seemingly barren strip is transformed into a lush jungle of greenery.
The milkweed welcomes myriad insects. I enjoy seeing the Milkweed Beetles. Don’t they have the cutest faces? And judging from their activity, we should have no shortage of beetles in the future!
I am also starting to see flowers. Cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus) and Indian Blanket (Gaillardia pulchella) add cherry splashes of color.
I look forward to seeing the continued transformation of the garden.