It's Friday again, and that means it's time for Friday's Hunt hosted by Eden Hills. I had hoped to write a couple of other blog posts this week, but as usual, busy was the word of the week. So, without further ado, this week's prompts are: Starts with D, Favourite, and Photographer's Choice.
Starts with D
My daylilies are finally blooming. Stella d'oro, the classic golden-yellow daylily that is seen in many gardens, has been blooming for a couple of weeks, but the others have only recently started to open. Here is a selection of some of my currently blooming daylilies. I didn't plant any of them - they were part of the established garden when I bought this home, so I don't know any of the cultivar names.
One of my favourite things about my home is the woodlands surrounding it. They are lovely to walk in (when the mosquitoes aren't too horrible) and they attract birds and other wildlife, which is wonderful. They also have an abundance of wild berries, including wild blueberries and blackberries. The blueberries are just perfect right now. I have been picking and eating them, but I should really freeze a few. They are just so good when freshly picked from the plant. Here is how they grow on the edges of my woodland areas.
Doesn't that make you want a fresh blueberry?
As you can probably guess, when I have the choice, it's usually nature-themed pictures. Today I photographed this Small Phoenix moth (Ecliptopera silaceata), which is an uncommon one for me. I think it's beautiful.
I also took a picture of this aspen leaf that has been food for an aspen leaf miner. The larvae burrow into the leaf and make these serpentine trails as they eat. It is a pest species, but there are many aspen in this area and a few damaged leaves is not a big deal. They are just part of the ecosystem. I think the designs they make on the leaf surface as a result of their feeding are rather fascinating, and have their own beauty even though they are a result of leaf damage.